An expansion to the “Move Over” law that protects volunteer firefighter and ambulance workers is now in effect.
The law, which the Governor signed last year, requires drivers to slow down and move over a lane when approaching a vehicle displaying blue or green lights that is operated by volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers involved in a roadside emergency.
The “Move Over” law requires drivers to use care, slow down and safely move over when approaching law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, construction, maintenance vehicles, and now volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers displaying blue or green lights stopped along the roadway.
Since the “Move Over” law took effect in 2011, it has been expanded three times to include a wider range of vehicles, and has resulted in more than 79,000 tickets issued to motorists in violation of the law.
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