Quantcast

New law protects Missouri First Responders - KOAM TV 7

New law protects Missouri First Responders

Updated:

A new law in Missouri comes at a perfect time for first responders. It all began in Kansas...a law that protects first responders from distracted motorists has now made it's way to Missouri. The labor day holiday weekend is a reminder for drivers to pay attention... Because if you don't...you'll pay an even bigger fine.

When you see the flashing lights...drivers are expected to pull over, but as first responder Ryan Mauersberger knows...not everyone follows the rules.

"Traffic accidents are very dangerous for first responders, not only because of the crash itself, but also because of the motorists passing by the accident that may not be paying attention necessarily to the road, but more to the accident that's going on - causing secondary accidents." Mauersberger says.

A new Missouri law - already present in Kansas and Oklahoma - brings violations for drivers that speed or pass vehicles within an emergency zone when responders are present.

The law as enacted in Missouri to protect emergency responders so they themselves don't end up in the back of an ambulance.

Drivers that speed over 15 miles per hour along highway accident scenes could face new fines up to $1,000...and up to $10,000 if a responder is hurt or killed.

Sergeant Ryan West of the Joplin Police Department says "It helps people to remember the dangers that they face especially when they're going through a temporary zone like that. Which is put up as safely as we can, but it's done fast."

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports 13 fatalities so far in the southwest Missouri area...and 93 for the year. Numbers that could be prevented if drivers paid extra attention.

"Pay attention to flag people, flag persons, pay attention to things like that. That would really really help us, and keep everyone safe and keep them out of trouble." says West.

The labor holiday will be the first test for the law...as it's a busy time for responders.

As a first responder in Kansas, Mauersberger thinks the law is a great idea for Missouri drivers.

"Any measure taken to prevent traffic accidents at emergency scenes is going to be beneficial to not only the people that have been injured, but also to the emergency responders on the scene." he says.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Touch Therapy for Children coming to Wyandotte

    Touch Therapy for Children coming to Wyandotte

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:15 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:15:29 GMT
    Wyandotte, OK - Touch Therapy for Children will be hosted in Wyandotte Sept. 4 (Infant Massage session) and Sept. 8 (Children's Massage session) at Bearskin Fitness Center, 1 Turtle Drive, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Registration for the first session is open now and closes Sept. 2. Registration for the second session opens Wednesday and closes Sept. 5. The sessions are offered free of charge and are sponsored by Northeast Oklahoma Tribal CCDF Programs. The program is part of the LittleKidz Foundatio...More >>
    Wyandotte, OK - Touch Therapy for Children will be hosted in Wyandotte Sept. 4 (Infant Massage session) and Sept. 8 (Children's Massage session) at Bearskin Fitness Center, 1 Turtle Drive, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Registration for the first session is open now and closes Sept. 2. Registration for the second session opens Wednesday and closes Sept. 5. The sessions are offered free of charge and are sponsored by Northeast Oklahoma Tribal CCDF Programs. The program is part of the LittleKidz Foundatio...More >>
  • SEK Art Fest's Football Damaged Early Sunday Morning (WITH PHOTOS)

    SEK Art Fest's Football Damaged Early Sunday Morning (WITH PHOTOS)

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:55:33 GMT
    Pittsburg, KS - The Pittsburg Police Department is seeking information on the individuals pictured above. This group of individuals is responsible for criminal damage to one of the SEK Art Fest's Footballs during the early morning hours of Sunday, August 31st, 2014.More >>
    Pittsburg, KS - The Pittsburg Police Department is seeking information on the individuals pictured above. This group of individuals is responsible for criminal damage to one of the SEK Art Fest's Footballs during the early morning hours of Sunday, August 31st, 2014.More >>
  • Joplin Tornado Survivor Invents Tornado Shield

    Joplin Tornado Survivor Invents Tornado Shield

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:25 GMT
    What do you do when a tornado strikes...and you have no where to go? That's what one Joplin man asked himself after the may 2011 tornado. So he developed a product that is mobile, versatile...and affordable. More >>
    What do you do when a tornado strikes...and you have no where to go? That's what one Joplin man asked himself after the may 2011 tornado. So he developed a product that is mobile, versatile...and affordable. More >>
  • Kelly ReidMore>>

  • Joplin Tornado Survivor Invents Tornado Shield

    Joplin Tornado Survivor Invents Tornado Shield

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:25 GMT
    What do you do when a tornado strikes...and you have no where to go? That's what one Joplin man asked himself after the may 2011 tornado. So he developed a product that is mobile, versatile...and affordable. More >>
    What do you do when a tornado strikes...and you have no where to go? That's what one Joplin man asked himself after the may 2011 tornado. So he developed a product that is mobile, versatile...and affordable. More >>
  • Restaurant Shows Appreciate to Emergency Service With Free Lunch

    Restaurant Shows Appreciate to Emergency Service With Free Lunch

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:09:28 GMT
    Labor day may means a day off for students and many workers...but there are some who work year round. One restaurant is showing appreciating for those workers service and saying thanks this holiday.More >>
    Labor day may means a day off for students and many workers...but there are some who work year round. One restaurant is showing appreciating for those workers service and saying thanks this holiday.More >>
  • Lower Gas Prices Draw More Boaters to Grand Lake

    Lower Gas Prices Draw More Boaters to Grand Lake

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:26:19 GMT
    An estimated 34 point 7 million people are expected to travel this holiday weekend, according to triple a. And gas prices are lower than average. Plenty here  will be heading down to grand lake for their last weekend of summer. But how much will it cost them ?More >>
    An estimated 34 point 7 million people are expected to travel this holiday weekend, according to triple a. And gas prices are lower than average. Plenty here  will be heading down to grand lake for their last weekend of summer. But how much will it cost them ?More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.