Tyler Police remind citizens about 'move over law' for their - and our - safety

A warning and reminder tonight from east Texas law enforcment. Hundreds of officers and troopers have been hit and killed on the side of the road by drivers not paying attention and driving too close.

In a story you'll only see on KLTV 7,  KLTV 7's Courtney Lane explains there is a law in place to help protect officers and drivers. We want to warn you, some of the video in this story is graphic.

Clipped, smashed, plowed into, all because motorists are driving too close and too fast.

"You just think, what are people thinking? it's just amazing how people can tend to veer over there and run into the cars," said Officer Don Martin.

Dash-cam video captures the harsh and dangerous reality for troopers, officers, and you.

"We're dealing with the public out there as well. We don't want to see anybody get hurt," said Officer Martin.

Tyler Police want to remind east Texans there is a law to prevent these deadly accidents.

It says when an emergency vehicle has i's lights on...well, would you know the rest.

It's called the "move over law." It requires drivers to get in the outside lane, or if there's only one lane, drive 20 miles under the speed limit.

"They still had 2 open lanes with no traffic around that they couldn't gone into," said Officer Martin.

Break the law, and you could be slapped with a hefty fine.

Just a few months ago, Tyler Police had to chase down two drivers who squeezed by, nearly hitting the officer.

"If he'd opened his door they would have taken his door off. They were that close."

It's a strong reminder to get over and slow down to prevent something like this from happening here.

Fines for breaking the "move over law" can reach up to $500.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com