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Police issue 57 citations for violations of 'move over' law

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

LAST UPDATED: 9:15 a.m. HST, Jan 23, 2013

There were 57 “move over” traffic citations issued against motorists during the first four months a new law was in effect — August through November, the Honolulu Police Department said Tuesday.

The law was signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in July but was not enforced by HPD until August to allow motorists time to learn about it. The law requires drivers to put a lane between their vehicles and a standing emergency vehicle when possible and safe to do so, or to “slow down to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe under the circumstances of an emergency road situation ahead.”

Emergency vehicles include police cars, fire trucks, ambulances and tow trucks.

HPD Traffic Division Maj. Kurt Kendro said statistics for December have not yet been compiled.

Jan. 21 marked the one-year anniversary of the crash that killed Garret Davis, who died on H-1 freeway after he stopped his patrol car to assist a motorist whose vehicle had stalled. It was the second death of an HPD officer on HPD roads in six months. Officer Eric Fontes died in September 2011 after a vehicle plowed into him and other officers at a traffic stop on Farrington Highway near Ko Olina.

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