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Willmar, Minn., law agencies planning extra patrols for "move over" day

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WILLMAR -- Statewide law enforcement agencies, including the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office and the Willmar Police Department, will have extra patrols on the roads Friday to increase enforcement of the Ted Foss Move Over Law.

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State Patrol Trooper Ted Foss was killed 12 years ago, on Aug. 321, 2000, by a passing vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 90 in Winona.

According to a news release from Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog, the "move over" law means when traveling on a road with two or more lands, drivers must keep one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated. Those vehicles include ambulance, fire, law enforcement and maintenance and construction vehicles.

Drivers must reduce speed if they are unable to safely move over a lane. Failing to move over or slow down endangers the people who provide critical and life-saving services. And the fine can exceed $100.

"The roadway is the office for emergency responders, and it's important to have a safe work place assist the motoring public," says Hartog. "When you're driving, pay attention for flashing lights and be prepared to safely move over to keep Minnesota roads safe."

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