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Move Over America - Move Over Laws Now In  All 50 States

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(compliments of TRAA and MoveOverLaws.com)

Know The Law

When you see flashing lights on the side of the road, slow down, and if it’s safe, Move Over – away from police, fire crews, paramedics and tow truck drivers. If you make the move, others will follow.

  • Move-over laws require motorists traveling on multi-lane roadways to, when practical, merge away from a vehicle working on the side of the highway to provide an empty travel lane of safety for the worker. If not practical (either due to traffic volume or road design), the motorist must slow significantly below the posted speed limit while passing the roadside worker. (See how it all got started)

  • In 2005, 390 workers were killed in struck-by incidents, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), accounting for seven percent of all fatal occupational injuries.

  • According to FBI statistics, law enforcement officers being struck and killed is a major cause of law enforcement deaths.

  • Police put their lives in danger each time they leave their patrol cars parked along a busy freeway. Officers in Austin, Texas are aggressively enforcing the state law that requires drivers to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles. (KVUE story)

  • An amendment to Tennessee's Move Over law went into effect on July 1, making it illegal to pass utility workers who are working on the shoulder of the road without moving over into another lane or slowing down. (WKRN story)



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