Governor Signs “Move Over” Law

by Dave on August 18, 2010

Slow down, and move over.

That’s what a new state law is saying to motorists who happen upon emergency personnel on roadways in the First State.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 205 into law on Tuesday, which requires motorists to move—if possible—at least one lane away from firefighters, law enforcement, ambulances, tow trucks and transportation workers. If motorists cannot move one lane away, they should slow down and proceed with caution.

“This sends a message to everyone on the road—safety is paramount,” said Markell. “If you are traveling and see emergency vehicles, police, construction, transportation workers or tow trucks on the side of the road, slow down, move over and give them some safe space.”

State Senator Brian Bushweller (D-Dover), the author and primary sponsor of the legislation, said, “This law clearly states what motorists are expected to do and covers all relevant people who would be rendering aid at the side of a road.”

In conjunction with the bill signing, the Delaware City Fire Company and the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association released a 30-second PSA (public service announcement) educating the public on the dangers associated when passing responders working on roadways. The PSA features Delaware first responders and will be distributed nationally.

Here is the PSA:

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Christine August 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Does DE really need a law to govern common sense?

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