All fifty states in the country have implemented move over laws to protect first responders, tow operators and police officers along highways. This law requires drivers to give a one lane safeguard for stopped emergency vehicles. If you fail to move over, you could be pulled over and receive a moving violation.
The “Move Over, America” laws is in partnership with the National Safety Commission, The National Sherriff’s Association and the National Association of Police Organizations. While the law is more about protecting our law enforcement that it is to penalize drivers who don’t obey the laws, it was put into place to protect our officers after 150 officers had been killed by other drivers since 1997 *
According to a national poll by Mason Dixon Polling, 71 percent of American have not heard of the move over laws, while 86 percent of people support them.
Helping to protect our law enforcement officers is everyone’s job. If you’re an experienced trucker, you likely already know this law. From time to time, you may get stuck and be unable to move over. This is understandable so be sure to slow way down so the officers can see you approaching and passing. Drive by example to make our highways safer for everyone.
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