'Move Over' law

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BISMARCK, N.D. - By law, drivers in North Dakota and across the country are required to move over for vehicles with flashing lights.

Still, according to moveoveramerica.com, since 1999, more than 150 officers have been struck and killed by vehicles on America's Highways.

Lori Malafa was a highway patrol officer in Fargo who was struck by a car that failed to move over.

She spoke to us about the importance of the "Move Over" law. It happened in the winter of 2000.

"I was standing outside of a vehicle that I had stopped and was hit while standing there by a passing motorist that was traveling 73 miles per hour," said Lori Malafa, ex Highway Patrol sergeant.

Lori Malafa was seriously injured and went through three surgeries just to walk again.

She is just one example why the 'Move Over Law' was passed in 2001 to help protect law enforcement, Firefighters, and even tow truck drivers.

"It's really anybody that would be out on the highway working, as maintenance or law enforcement or emergency personal on any capacity," said Malafa.

The law mandates drivers on any roadway to slow down, move over, and stay clear of vehicles that have their lights flashing.

"It's very important to move over, it keeps the responders safe, the people involved in the incident, as well as just people going by it. It gives us space to work too, and do what we need to do, and get traffic open," said Rhet Mavity, first responder.

Malafa says she'd like to see people move over for all vehicles that are on the side of the road.

“It really is something that just comes down to courtesy and to think ahead of how would you feel if you were standing out on the side of the highway because you had a flat tire," said Malafa.

Malafa is still affected by the injuries she received by someone who didn't move over for her while she made a stop.

She says she hopes the "Move Over" law gets out so everyone knows what to do if they see flashing lights.

Malafa believes there are more people struck by vehicles in the winter compared to the summer months.