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Senator speaks out about Georgia move-over law


Georgia Sen. Donzella James, of District 35, is one of the sponsors of the Georgia move over law.  Two recent crashes this week are concerning to her.

Wednesday evening a Sandy Springs police officer unit was rear-ended by a driver.  It knocked his car more than 100 feet.

Tuesday a tow truck driver was in the emergency lane helping a disabled vehicle.  He was struck and killed when a driver lost control of his utility truck.

"I'm devastated because every time someone is injured or loses their life for something that is senseless it really disturbs me," James said.

She wants to use these tragedies to remind people exactly what the law is. 

"They are to move over and if it's too crowded on the road, they are to slow down to a slow pace half of what the speed limit is on the freeway," James said.

Statistics show not everyone is getting the message. CBS 46 news reporter Vince Sims found out each year, for the last three years, more than 4,000 drivers have been convicted for violating the move-over law. So far this year there have been more than 2,000 convictions.

"It's not going to be 100 percent, but it is slowing down the injuries and fatalities we were having back in the 90s and early 2000s," James said.

"We need to make sure people know and observe the law because that law really, truly will save lives," James added.

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