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Importance of Georgia's Move Over Law: Two Officers Face Oncoming Cars

Importance of Georgia's Move Over Law: Two Officers Face Oncoming Cars

After the second Atlanta police officer in one week found himself face-to-face with an oncoming car on the interstate, Georgia police would like to remind motorists throughout the state of Georgia’s Move Over Law.

The first accident involved Officer Gail Thomas. Officials indicated that she was helping another police officer at a crash scene on an interstate ramp when she was hit and killed by an approaching car. A drunk driver who failed to move over caused this fatal crash.

The second incident occurred when Atlanta Police Officer Scott Wallins had to jump up onto the median in order to avoid being hit by an oncoming car. Officer Wallins had stopped and left his vehicle to help a stranded driver on Interstate 285 in the far left lane. Police stated that Officer Wallins’ patrol car was hit, but he nearly missed being crushed by the approaching car at Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.

In this case, the approaching vehicle struck the stalled car that the police officer was assisting. The driver was in her car awaiting roadside assistance and is thankful the crash didn’t turn out worse. The driver who hit that car was cited with failure to move over, and she stated to police that she couldn’t get over because of traffic in other lanes.

This accident occurred just two days after the fatal accident that killed Senior Police Officer Gail Thomas.

Police remind Georgia motorists of Thomas’ fatal accident and stress the importance of being alert, paying attention to the road, and obeying Georgia’s Move Over Law.

The Atlanta accident attorneys at the Kalka Law Firm are deeply saddened to learn of this fatal auto accident and would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends, and coworkers of Officer Gail Thomas.

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