By Joe Wicklund
Hermantown — The Hermantown Police Department will join with several other law enforcement agencies to conduct a special enforcement project designed to heighten awareness of the “Ted Foss” Move Over Law on Tuesday, August 31.
Along with the Duluth Police Department, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, and officers from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the Hermantown Police Department will have increased enforcement along the Miller Trunk corridor of U.S. Highway 53 focused on raising awareness and stressing the dangerous nature of not following the laws regarding moving over for law enforcement officers conducting their efforts.
The day marks the 21st anniversary of the passing of Minnesota State Trooper Ted Foss, who was struck and killed by a tractor trailer while conducting a traffic stop in Rochester, Minnesota.
The “Ted Foss” Move Over Law was enacted to educate drivers on the importance of giving roadway space to law enforcement, as well as providing officers a needed means to stop dangerous driving in their vicinity.
A pre-enforcement briefing for the various departments involved in Tuesday’s project will be held at the Hermantown Police Department at noon.
“This is a great opportunity, both in the media and in tomorrow’s enforcement event to educate the public on this law,” said Jim Crace, Hermantown’s Chief of Police. “This is a safety concern for our officers each and every single day.”
The law states that when traveling on a road with two or more lanes, drivers must keep one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated, including ambulance, fire, maintenance and construction vehicles in addition to police. Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services.