National Police Week is this week, and AAA Carolinas is reminding motorists of the Move Over Law, which requires that drivers, who deem it safe to do so, move a lane away from any law enforcement or emergency vehicle on the side of the road. Emergency vehicles should be stopped with lights flashing to alert drivers to move over.
The list of emergency vehicles protected by this law includes roadside assistance personnel, such as AAA tow trucks and service vehicles. It is also extended to highway workers in temporary work zones.
"The Move Over Law is in place to protect both the emergency crews that are stopped on the road to help someone else and motorists driving on the road," Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokeswoman, said. "Adhering to this law will keep everyone safe."
Failure to adhere to the Move Over Law in South Carolina is considered a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $500. Failure to adhere to the Move Over Law in North Carolina will result in a $500 fine along with the possibility of being charged with a felony if a crash occurs.
Drivers approaching a stopped emergency vehicle, law enforcement vehicle, utility vehicle or temporary work zone should:
- Significantly reduce their vehicle speed and keep vehicle under control;
- Approach the scene cautiously;
- If there is a second lane, motorists are required to change lanes away from the stopped vehicle; and
- Maintain the reduced speed until fully clear of the situation.
AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 2.2 million members and the public with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.
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