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States Publicize, Strengthen “Move Over Laws”

April 13, 2006

“Move Over Laws” enacted by various states are not yet widely recognized by motorists, according to published news reports. “Move Over Laws” require motorists to move over or slow down to provide a safety zone for stopped emergency vehicles such as police cars, ambulances and fire trucks. “Move Over Laws” require motorists to move over to the farthest lane of traffic on an interstate or highway with more than two lanes when they come upon a stopped emergency vehicle. Drivers on two-lane highways must slow down to at least 20 mph below the posted speed limit and then proceed with caution.More than 30 states have a Move Over Law on the books.Traffic crashes are the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths for officers, according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.Tennessee has had a law on the books since July 2004. The state Department of Safety announced this week that they have enlisted trucking companies to display decals telling motorists to move over for parked emergency vehicles. Violators in Tenn. currently face a minimum $50 fine, but some lawmakers want to increase the penalties to between $100 and $500.Wisconsin enacts a “Move Over Law” this spring. The fine for violating the law is $243, and drivers will be assessed three demerit points. In South Dakota, violating the law can result in a $200 fine. First-time offenders in West Virginia face a penalty of up to 500 dollars and 60 days in jail.
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