Release Date: Mar 20, 2017
Public Information Officer
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputies will once again be participating in Operation 1 Charlie 3. This will be a joint effort with Colorado State Patrol Troop 3C to educate drivers on the requirement to move over when there are emergency vehicles on the side of a multi-lane roadway. On November 25, 2016, Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue was killed when struck by a driver who failed to move over. To honor the memory of Trooper Donahue, 1 Charlie 3, LCSO is proud to join this statewide education movement.
The “Move Over” law (CRS 42-4-705(2)) requires all drivers approaching or passing a stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is giving a visual sign by means of flashing, rotating, or oscillating red, blue or white lights or a stationary towing carrier vehicle that is giving a visual signal by means of flashing, rotating, or oscillating yellow lights shall exhibit due caution by moving over at least one lane if possible. If moving over a lane is not possible, drivers should greatly reduce their speed when passing.
In plain language, this means if there is a lane to move into when passing a police car, firetruck, ambulance, tow truck, or any official emergency vehicle that has its lights flashing, you must do so. If there is not a lane to move into, you must slow down a lot – think school zone or construction zone.
Our deputies will be actively looking for opportunities to inform drivers of their unsafe failure to observe this requirement. This education may come in the form of a citation including a charge of Careless Driving. We are determined to protect all emergency responders working on Larimer County’s roadways.