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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. —Nationwide, police officials are joining forces and turning to social media to keep emergency workers safe on the roads.
Law enforcement across the country, including Kentucky, are getting behind a new safety campaign that's gone viral.
Log on to any social media platform and you'll find the hashtag "#moveover."
Photo after photo are tweeted and posted. Many of them are showing officers or their family members asking to come home safely from their shift.
"'Move over' means if you see a trooper or a police officer on the side of the road with a car pulled over, we want you to give them a little buffer room, as in a lane if possible," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeff Gregory.
If traffic prevents drivers from moving over, police ask them to at least slow down.
The social media message began with the Tennessee Highway Patrol after a 25-year-old Nashville police officer was killed while working an accident on Interstate 65 last weekend.
"It happens more often than you think," said Gregory. "Over the years we've had several cruisers hit that were on the side of the road."
Fortunately, there were no serious injuries.
"Nationwide since 1988, there's been 150 policemen killed in that capacity," said Gregory.
There is a move over law. Kentucky legislators passed it in 2005 asking drivers to move over so law enforcement, emergency responders and utility trucks can do their job safely.
The hope is the new hashtag will bring new attention to that law and cause drivers to change their habits.
"It's a big movement and we're glad for it," said Gregory.
Drivers who break the move over law can be sited and fined.
Since Monday when the campaign started, hundreds of photos have been tweeted and posted on Facebook with the hashtag #moveover.