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Citations increase after trooper's death, one year ago

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More then 2,200 drivers in Colorado have been ticketed for failing to change lanes when passing emergency vehicles with lights flashing over the last year, according to the Associated Press. 

But a bill increasing penalties for drivers who don't use caution and care when passing stationary emergency vehicles was signed into law earlier this year. This was after Colorado State Trooper Cody Donahue was killed by being struck by a car during a traffic stop on I-25 last November. 

Saturday marks one year since the trooper died.

The title of the bill is the 'Move Over for Cody Act.'

According to the state, under the previous law, a driver who fails to exhibit care and caution when approaching or passing a stationary emergency vehicle is committing careless driving, a class A traffic offense. Which carried a penalty of 10 days to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. 

But, the bill has added stationary public utility service vehicles to the statute.

This increases the penalty to a Class 1 Misdemeanor, if the driver's actions are the nearby cause of bodily injury to another person. This can be punishable by 12-18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

If the actions of the driver are the nearby cause of a person's death, the penalty is considered a Class 6 Felony. Sentencing is punishable by 12-18 months in jail and up to a $100,000 fine. 

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