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Ellsworth Raises Awareness of New Law to Protect First Responders

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Location: Evansville, IN

Continues to Work to Pass Emergency Responders Highway Safety Act

Today, as Hoosier families head out in their car for a holiday vacation, former sheriff Brad Ellsworth raised awareness for the new Indiana Move Over law and continued his push to pass H.R. 4101, the Emergency Responders Highway Safety Act to increase awareness of existing state Move Over laws and protect first responders.

"As millions of Hoosiers prepare to travel this holiday weekend, we all need to be aware of first responders who are putting their life on the line to protect ours. Driving safely can save lives, but when an accident occurs, we shouldn't compound the problem by putting our first responders at risk," said Brad.

On July 1st, a state law went into effect that strengthens existing the Indiana Move Over law. This new law says that motorists who fail to move over or slow down when approaching an emergency responder or highway maintainer vehicle will now be subject to Class A infractions - that may result in the loss of driving privileges.

Brad Ellsworth has been working to pass his Emergency Responders Highway Safety Act which increases awareness of existing state Move Over laws to protect first responders.

The AAA Hoosier Motor Club predicts 17.7 percent more drivers nationwide will take to the road this July 4 holiday weekend compared to last year. In response, the Indiana State Police is responding by increasing the amount of road patrols. The Indiana State Police will be participating in the federally funded program Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), which allows state police to place nontraditional units like detectives and command staff, in addition to troopers, on state roadways starting at 6 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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