Are Move Over Violations A National Crisis? Data Says Yes

Imagine someone driving down the road, faster than the posted speed limit, music blaring, when out of the corner of their eye they see red and blue flashing lights. Before they know it, this person loses control of the vehicle and hits an officer who was just trying to do his or her job. Now, someone must explain to the family why he or she is not coming home tonight.

Across the country, roadside workers are being struck and killed while a law goes unenforced. Move Over laws require drivers to change lanes or slow down when law enforcement vehicles and other emergency vehicles, such as, fire, rescue, construction, or tow trucks, are stopped on the shoulder of the road with emergency lights in operation. The law is only as valuable as its application, and unfortunately Move Over violations are difficult to enforce, posing a national crisis.