RALEIGH – A new version of the state’s
Move Over law goes into effect Monday, Oct. 1, requiring motorists to change
lanes or slow down to avoid roadside utility and maintenance crews bearing flashing
General Assembly voted in June 2012 to add utility and road maintenance
operations displaying amber lights – including some N.C. Department of
Transportation work sites – to the list of situations where drivers legally are
required to steer clear to help prevent accidents.
state established move-over requirements for drivers in 2001. The law
previously covered emergency responders, law enforcement vehicles, tow trucks, and
Incident Management Assistance Patrols operated by the NCDOT.
are specifically instructed to move over at least one lane when two or more
lanes are available in each direction. On roads with only one traffic lane in
each direction, drivers must slow down and be prepared to stop. Drivers who
fail to follow the Move Over law may be fined $250 plus court costs.
states have enacted similar statutes requiring drivers to slow down and, if
possible, change lanes to avoid police cars, emergency responders and other
types of official vehicles stopped on the side of the road.
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