Monday, April 14, 2008
Moving Over for Police Vehicles
Q: When officers have to pull over someone why do officers not get off the road completely? That is so unsafe for you when you are out of your vehicle and then people have to go around you which increases the likelihood of a collision with cars coming from the other way and you could get injured. I worry every time I see one of you guys in the road like that, people don't pay attention like they should. It seems very dangerous for you guys to be in that position.

A: Personally, I am very selective about where and when I am pulling vehicles over. I will wait until I feel it is personally safe for myself to do so (good oncoming visibility, roads less traveled, etc). This is not always possible however, for many reasons. Often persons do not stop in or off road properly and I have to position my car in a certain way to provide cover for myself and the motorist I am contacting, so with this in mind, the short answer is I try but in the real world it is not always feasible.

This is a good time to point out that Indiana law requires motorists to exercise caution when approaching an emergency vehicle that is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.

Motorists are required to change lanes away from the emergency vehicle if they can do so safely. If unable, they must slow down and proceed with caution. Police ask motorists to do what they expect of others if they were on the roadside changing a flat tire. Give our emergency workers room to work.

Motorists found in violation of this law can face up to a $10,000 dollar fine. Violations culminating in property damage or injuries can result in the suspension of their driver’s license for a minimum of 90 days up to two years. This is in addition to any other penalties imposed by the courts.

Indiana emergency vehicles include:

* Police vehicles
* Ambulances
* Fire trucks and rescue equipment
* Highway incident-response vehicles
* Highway work vehicles
* Vehicle recovery equipment (tow trucks)

The intent of this law is to protect the emergency and highway personnel who serve the public. Please be alert when you see emergency lights and give them room to do their job.


posted by South Bend Police Department @ 1:46 AM  

Welcome to the newly reformatted South Bend Police Department Blog. This blog is an excellent way for us to be more accessible to the public through open communication not typical for law enforcement.

This blog incorporates SBPD related announcements, our popular Ask A Cop feature questions still answered, Twitter updates, and other Crime Prevention related tips you can use.

Take a look at the articles posted on this blog and you’ll find many inform-
ative and interesting topics. We try to cover issues that really affect you such as providing a wide range of safety and crime prevention tips, or explaining some of the mysteries of police work so you have a better understanding of why we do things.

You also get to hear periodically from our guest bloggers such as recruits going through the academies to become officers. “Ask A Cop” is still here, and since 2006 has been very popular with over 360 questions from citizens and our answers posted to date!

Thanks for visiting. If you have any questions or suggestions about the blog, contact us!

About Ask A Cop
The South Bend Police Ask A Cop forum and blog is provided for entertainment purposes only. Content provided is for general information and does not represent an all inclusive answer for every person and every situation.

As such, all content is provided 'as is' and without warranties or guarantees of any kind, either express or implied. Use of this site and reliance on the content is exclusively at the user's risk.

Information provided on or through this site does not constitute legal advice nor legal representation. For these purposes, the user should consult an attorney.

Questions submitted to Ask A Cop are read and reviewed to determine the eligibility of the question for publication.
The South Bend Police Department reserves the right not to answer or post a question, particularly if the content is deemed unacceptable or inappropriate.

  • Submit your Ask A Cop Question Here!
  • The SBPD Blog

    From Twitter:
      follow me on Twitter
      Previous Post