Law enforcement agencies recently stepped up efforts to educate drivers about the ‘Move Over Law.’ One Myrtle Beach police officer knows first-hand what can happen when someone fails to move over for flashing lights.
June 30, 2013 is a night that Myrtle Beach police officer David Giosa won’t ever forget, all because someone failed to move over on the road.
“I went up the hood, hit the windshield, and then got launched probably, I don’t know, 15, 20 feet in the air and I came down on top of a guardrail,” said Giosa.
That night, Giosa was investigating a crash on the Highway 17 Bypass in front of Broadway at the Beach, when he was struck by a car going 45 mph.
“I was a trauma,” he said. “They brought me up there and I had to have surgery.”
Today, he walks with metal screws and plates in his leg and ankle – a reminder of what happened.
Three years later, in March 2016, someone else failed to follow the law, while Giosa was sitting in his car on the side of the road, near Kings Highway.
“I hear brakes squealing behind me, and next I know, I got rear-ended and I just had some minor stuff happen there,” he said. “Some whiplash, concussion.”
Now, Giosa says the only thing the Department can and should continue to do, is educate on the ‘Move Over Law’.
“I want to go home at the end of the night, just like anyone else does,” said Giosa. “Just move over, slow down, do what you can to obey that law and keep everybody safe, including yourself.”
In both situations, Giosa had emergency lights flashing, signaling people to move over, but they did not.
Tammie Deliberti, the woman who struck Giosa in the 2013 collision, pleaded guilty to DUI.