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Officer's Death Draws Awareness to Move Over Law - John Dunn

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The death of Metro Police Officer Michael Petrina offers an important reminder about Tennessee's move over law.

If you see the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle, a tow truck, or a TDOT help truck, you're supposed to change lanes or slow down.
The driver of the motorhome that hit Officer Petrina says he was not able to get over because other cars were moving too quickly.   
You might not realize that motor vehicle incidents are the most common cause of officers killed in the line of duty. It's a big reason why Tennessee has a move over law. "Just because it says 70 miles an hour on the interstate, and there's a trooper on the side of the road, or police officer, or construction worker, doesn't mean you have to maintain that 70 miles an hour as you pass by that officer. If you can't move over, you can slow down to a safe speed," says Sgt. Bill Miller with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The driver of the motor home has not been charged with any crime, however, prosecutors will review the case once the investigation is complete.

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