We all know the protocol when we hear the sound of an emergency vehicle in a huge hurry to save lives. A driver moves his vehicle over to the side of the road to get out of the way of the emergency vehicle, ensuring quick passage through traffic. But many drivers are not aware of Georgia’s Move Over Law, enacted to protect police officers, emergency technicians, traffic offenders and DOT workers that may risk their lives during traffic stops, after traffic accidents and while working on highway construction sites.
The law dictates a lane change if possible to put some distance between your vehicle and whatever is happening in the emergency lane. It may be impossible to make a lane change due to traffic flow or other issues however, every attempt must be made to ensure the safety or those involved in a towing, recovery or highway maintenance operation that could potentially be injured by an oncoming vehicle. If a driver assesses the current situation and cannot change lanes, slowing to a safe speed less than the posted speed limit is advisable. Also, a driver should be prepared to stop unexpectedly if need be.
The Move Over Law in Georgia should save lives but unfortunately many are not aware of the law and thus do not know what to do. Violations of Georgia’s Move Over Law carry penalties of up to $500. Other states with Move Over Laws carry fines of up to $1000! Even more important drivers in every states should be aware of the laws and respectful of the need to protect the safety and lives of those who risk their lives to keep all our highways safe.
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