Virginia expands 'Move Over' law
From time to time, travelers inquire if there's a law that requires drivers to change lanes when approaching an emergency vehicle by the side of a highway. Answer: Yes, in most places, and in Virginia, the law was just expanded.
These are generally referred to as "Move Over" laws, and they are intended to protect police and emergency workers engaged in enforcement or rescue work on the side of a highway. As the laws are generally written, a driver must either change lanes to move away from the scene of the action, or, if that's not possible, slow down.
Virginia, the only jurisdiction in the D.C. region with such a law, broadened it as of July 1. Until now, the law covered vehicles with flashing red or blue lights. In its 2010 session, the Virginia General Assembly passed House Bill 1159, sponsored by Del. G. Glenn Oder (R-Newport News) that adds vehicles displaying amber flashing lights. The reason for broadening the palette was to include protection for tow trucks and highway workers.
In August 2009, a tow truck driver named Andy Starmer was struck and killed on the shoulder of Interstate 64 in Newport News. He had stopped at night to help a motorist on the right shoulder. Starmer, 36, was wearing reflective clothing and had his truck's amber lights flashing when he was hit.
Most states have these laws, and Maryland should add itself to the list.
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