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MPD steps up ‘Move Over Law’ enforcement after IL trooper deaths

MADISON (WKOW) — Madison Police are stepping up enforcement of Wisconsin’s “Move Over Law” following traffic-related officer deaths across the country, including in Illinois.

Friday, a team of half a dozen officers took the Beltline to look for drivers who didn’t move over or slow down for emergency vehicles parked with their lights flashing.

“It’s hard not picturing yourself in those roles when you go to the other officers’ funerals,” said Officer Michael Barcheski.

Barcheski says he’s had several close calls with drivers on the highway.

“You can actually feel the entire car shake because people are going by me so fast,” he said.

The law says that if there is an emergency vehicle pulled over with its lights flashing, drivers need to either move over if they can or slow down if they can’t.

Across the U.S., seven officers have been struck and killed this year in these types of incidents. That’s more than in all of 2018.

“Here in Madison, Dane County, all across the US, we have officers making hundreds of traffic stops in the exact same manner,” said Officer Rick Wipperfurth. “We all want to make it home to our families at the end of the day.”

Friday, police were mainly giving warnings, but they will soon start giving out citations. Those are $187 a piece, and they put three demerit points on your license.

Andrew Merica

Reporter/Producer, 27 News

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