Since the ‘Move Over’ law went into effect for Tennessee in 2006, no doubt that lives have been spared, yet reports reveal that many drivers here are still not abiding by this safety law. In fact, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, more than 13 thousand people have been cited for violating the ‘Move Over’ law.
This law is in effect among all 50 states, but penalties vary. In Tennessee, if you decide to ignore this law, the penalty could land you a fine up to $500 and up to 30 days in jail. Why risk this by simply not moving your vehicle over?
The law is meant to protect people, but when laws such as this one are ignored, people’s lives are at risk. Every day emergency personnel, road workers, and tow truck drivers put their life on the line to help others. There is nothing comforting about standing only a few feet away from a vehicle flying by traveling 60-70 mph.
When drivers fail to move over for emergency vehicles on the side of the road, people’s lives are in danger. Too many of these brave soles have lost their lives while helping others, all because someone chose to break a law because it felt inconvenient.
Protect those that protect you by “moving over.” Remember, many of these people you see helping others on the side of the road also have a family that’s at home waiting on them, just like you.
PWC of East Tennessee offers 24/7 towing and recovery services, as well as repairs to vehicles of all types including personal vehicles, semi-trucks, tankers, and more. If you find yourself stranded on the side of the highway, contact PWC at (423) 247-2700. PWC serves Kingsport, Church Hill, and Johnson City, Tennessee.