You already know that you should slow down and move over, but here are five critical reasons why it is absolutely imperative that you do it.

Of course, I'm talking about slowing down and moving over when you're traveling down the road and you approach an official vehicle with flashing lights stopped on the side of the road. Specifically, the law refers to emergency and maintenance vehicles equipped with flashing red, blue, or amber lights. However, it's a good idea to use extra caution anytime you see a vehicle stopped alongside the road.

But, here are five critical reasons why you need to slow down and move over.

Across the country, on average:
* 1 -A tow truck driver is struck and killed every six days
*2- 23 Highway workers are struck and killed every month
*3 - One law enforcement officer is struck and killed every month
*4- Five firefighters are struck and killed every year

Here is one more good reason to slow down and move over.

*5- Drivers face a $170 ticket, four penalty points, a misdemeanorand a summons to court.

That's five really good reasons to slow down and move over when you see flashing lights. Too many innocent people have lost their lives on a roadside due to carelessness and recklessness.

To draw attention to this law and to the need for drivers to be exercising more caution on the ways, local law enforcement agencies are teaming up for a special event that is going to be a lot of fun.

Sunday, April 29 from 12-5, Lincoln Park in Grand Junction will be the site of the 2nd annual Slow Down, Move Over Colorado event.

The event features fun for the entire family including food trucks, prizes, bounce houses, and games.

There will be live demonstrations, rollover recovery, jaws of life, drunk driving simulator and touch the trucks. Several exhibits will be featured including towing companies, road construction, crane and more.

Of course, there is no admission charge. The main thing is for people to come out, have a good time, and to be reminded to slow down, move over, and maybe save a life during the upcoming travel season.

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