Authorities bring awareness to move over law

(Source: South Carolina Highway Patrol)
(Source: South Carolina Highway Patrol)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - State troopers across the Southeast are wanting drivers to move over even if they're not in trouble.

From Nov. 6-12, troopers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina will emphasize the law with enforcement and education efforts.

This week officers are bringing awareness to the move over law, which says drivers have to slow down or change lanes when they approach an emergency vehicle on the side of the road.  officers say it's a simple way to save lives.

"Since 1999, 150 officers have been killed from being struck by vehicles even on the highway patrol we've had four troopers killed," said Sonny Collins, a South Carolina state trooper.

Drivers who break the move over law can face fines of up to $500.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, drivers approaching a temporary work zone or an emergency scene are required by law to:

  • Keep their vehicle under control
  • Proceed with due caution
  • Significantly reduce vehicle speed
  • Change lanes if at all possible to allow room for responders to work safely
  • Maintain safe speed for road conditions if changing lanes is impossible or unsafe.

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