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Labor Day Weekend travel brings Move Over Law back into forefront


Labor Day Weekend is here, and for many people that means hitting the road and doing some traveling. When you head out, remember the laws, including the Move Over Law.

People know about the Move Over Law, the  state law that requires people to move over one lane or slow way down when passing an emergency vehicle. That law applies to more than just police.

"Yellow lights mean nothing to anyone," said James Griner of All City Towing. "I do not think anyone has been informed that yellow lights mean anything. "

Tow trucks are also emergency vehicles, and people can be ticketed for not moving over when they are on the side of the road.

"For us, it is life or death situation," said Griner. "All it takes is one person texting, one person not paying attention. I have had to climb under the truck to miss a mirror from someone that got too close."

Griner said he hopes police will enforce the law better.

"I wish it was enforced more," he said. "I know that they are not there all the time when we are doing it."

Griner said he knows workers all over the state, and he has friends who have been killed.

"I see it at least once a week," he said. "Hit and killed, or at least really hurt."

If you do get a ticket for not moving over, it can be a hefty $500 or more.

"I have a wife and a two-year-old daughter," Griner said. "That is all you can think about when you are on the road. You just want to get home to your kids."

Griner said everyone can help tow truck drivers do that by abiding by the law and moving over when we see them working on the shoulder, or at least slowing down significantly.

The law also includes EMS, fire and maintenance crews.

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