Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Move Over" Law, Highway Safety for Law Enforcement Officers and Construction Workers

Are you aware Kansas has a "Move Over"law? If not, you are not alone. Surveys have shown that many people have not heard of the "Move Over" law for motorists. All but a few states have relatively new laws in effect which require motorists on four-lane highways to slow down and move away from emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights. Did you know the law also applies to vehicles engaged in highway construction or maintenance, and they are displaying a flashing amber light? When passing a stopped emergency or law-enforcement vehicle with its flashing lights on, you must either vacate the closest lane, or significantly reduce your speed. The "Move Over" Law was enacted following the deaths of two KDOT maintenance workers, who were killed in traffic incidents in 2005. If you have not already done so, please make a habit of "moving over" when approaching an emergency or construction vehicle on the side of the road. It could be a matter of life or death.