Charles Cochran, a Project Manager on the Traffic [...]
Many of us have seen the “Move Over” signs on Tennessee interstates. The “Move Over” campaign was created to raise awareness of the Move Over law, and protect state troopers and others whose workplace is often the side of a busy highway. The “Move Over Law,” which was passed in Tennessee in 2006, is a part of the [State Law: Move Over for Stopped Emergency Vehicles] “Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicles Law” (T.C.A. 55-8-132) and requires motorists to move over into the adjacent lane of traffic, when safe to do so, or alternatively to slow down for emergency vehicles. In 2011, the law was expanded to include utility service equipment to the list of vehicles for which motorists are required to either slow down or move over.
The Move Over law has recently been in the news in Tennessee. A Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) employee was killed in April along I-40 while waiting for a repair vehicle and another employee was killed in July along a state route. TDOT officials said 110 employees have been killed in the line of duty since 1948, including work zone crashes. Every job is potentially deadly if drivers don’t move over. The fatality in July occurred while an employee was flagging traffic around a maintenance crew.
Tennessee was the 30th state to establish a move over law, which creates a safety zone to protect police, firefighters, other emergency personnel, and utility workers. The State of Alabama also enacted a Move Over law in 2009.
The Move Over Law also benefits Sain Associates’ employees in the event that we are performing a survey or evaluation of a safety issue along a roadway segment. We typically have a flashing beacon on our cars to alert motorists to our roadside presence. The law provides an additional safety factor for our staff by encouraging motorists to move over.
Education is an important aspect of the law. We can all be educators and advocates by complying with the law on the roadways when required, i.e. lead by example and others will follow.
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