State Troopers in Southeast Join Together to Enforce Move Over Laws

Nov 13th, 2010 | By | Category: National News

Motorists in the Southeast who do not follow the rules of the Move Over laws will have an increased chance of receiving a ticket next week as state troopers in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee will join together to step-up enforcement, according to a news report.

Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said troopers in Georgia will participate with four of the neighboring state highway patrols to raise driver awareness of the dangers faced by emergency road workers, including law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and tow truck drivers, as they work along busy highways and interstates.

Georgia has had a Move Over law since 2003 that requires drivers to move over one lane away from a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, towing or recovery vehicle, or highway maintenance vehicle that is displaying flashing blue, red, amber, white or yellow lights. If a lane change is not possible, drivers should reduce their speed to below the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.

In Georgia, the fine for a Move Over law violation is set at no more than $500. The message for drivers is to be alert while driving, and give emergency service workers room to work.

The group effort ends Friday, Nov. 19.