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Authorities say drivers fail to move over for officers on the roads

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It’s arguably the most dangerous part of a law enforcement job.

Making contact with a driver and standing on the side of Colorado’s roadways.

Law enforcement officers tell News 5, they see dozens of drivers daily who fail to yield the right of way to officers while lights are engaged and they’re on the side of the road.

"There are definitely times when that has happened and it's an unfortunate risk of this job, more officers are killed by passing motorists who fail to yield right of way to us,” said Michael Prock, State Trooper with Colorado State Patrol.

Recent reports show more than 2,200 tickets were written for drivers failing to move over for law enforcement through November of 2017.

State Patrol said that’s more than 2015 and 2016 combined.

Each officer has their own story of close calls.

"Actually on a road closure and I've been brushed by a motorist, fortunately they were going slow enough, but their side view mirror hits my right arm and it's like 'really? how can you not see us standing here?" said Prock.

You’ll see more and more officers talking to drivers on the passenger side of the vehicle after Trooper Cody Donahue was killed during a traffic stop along I-25 just over a year ago.

After Donahue’s death, a new law made punishment more severe.

Tickets are now just under $170 dollars.

“When working on the interstate, typically try to make a passenger side approach, you just have to be conscious of our surroundings and the volume of traffic,” said Prock.

In El Paso County, nearly 75 tickets were written this year for failing to yield to law enforcement through November 2017.

The goal is zero.

Officers urge drivers to move over, a move that could just save a life.

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