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Local drivers not observing Move Over Law

Reported by: Henry Ramos
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Updated: 10/24/2012 3:32 am

When you see those red and blue flashing lights on the side of the road keep in mind of the yellow ones too. Texas drivers are required to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles. The Move Over Law also applies to tow truck drivers.

If the driver can't move over, the law states they need to slow down to 20 mph below the speed limit.

Red Raider Wrecker Owner Scott Bickel drove around Lubbock with a Fox 34 crew. They parked and watched how many drivers would or wouldn't move over. Bickel said there are way more drivers that break the law then actually follow it.

LPD Sergeant Jonathan Stewart said, "This law has been in existence I believe for four or five years now."

An incident in September is why "Move Over" is now the law in 48 states. The dash-cam was rolling when an eastbound driver was speeding and hit a marked police unit sending it over the median. The vehicle almost hit the officers. It could have been much worse, but Officer Philip Standefer pulled a woman out of the path of the out of control vehicle.

"Very dangerous, something I think a lot of people may not think about the dangers officers may face from guns, and knives and that type of thing," Stewart said. "When really probably the most constant and present danger is from traffic."

Tuesday afternoon we drove from Loop 289, to I-27, over to 19th Street Fox 34 saw only a handful of drivers move over or even slow down.

"Is today the day that I go out and help you and I don't get to go home, or am I going to be out there helping you and they kill us both?," Bickel said. "It concerns me for all my employees. I'm not mad about it. I just wish they were more educated and more concerned about somebody else's right to go home that day."

Sergeant Stewart adds if you ignore this law you won't ignore the fine. It up to $500.

According to the Tow Truck Association an average of 60 operators die in crashes every year because someone didn't move over.

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DRock99GST - 11/23/2013 10:07 AM
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I didn't know it was a law but I move over anyway anytime I see a vehicle with or without people on the side of the road. It's just and should b common courtesy and sense!!! being a truck truck driver for the last 7 years has taught me this. Ive lost count of how many times I see "regular" drivers NOT move over and I would think to myself "I wish I was a cop". it really is amazing how a lot of people are given their privilege to drive from what I've observed in traffic especially u stupid TEXTERS!!! Like the law days "IT CAN WAIT"!!!!!
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