Slow Down and Move Over

by Janean Flowe
yellow slow down road sign

AAA will come to the rescue of nearly 30 million motorists this year across the country. About 200 roadside workers and first responders — one every six days — lose their life at the roadside. Hundreds more are injured while assisting motorists.

The ongoing AAA Slow Down, Move Over campaign highlights the Carolinas’ Move Over laws and reducing deaths and injuries among tow operators, first responders and roadside workers.

All 50 states have move over laws for emergency responders, which includes tow trucks. However, fewer than 30 percent of Americans know about them, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). These laws require motorists to move over one lane or slow down when approaching an incident where tow operators, police, firefighters or emergency medical service crews are working at the roadside. Many states also include other vehicles like utility and municipal fleets, as well as any disabled vehicle on the side of the road.

Protect roadside workers with these important tips:
  • Stay alert. Don’t drive distracted.
  • On multi-lane roadways, slow down when you see an emergency vehicle with flashing lights on the roadside. If possible, move over to an adjacent lane. If you can’t switch lanes, slow to 10-20 mph less than the posted speed limit.
  • When approaching an emergency vehicle with flashing lights on the side of a twolane roadway, slow down to a speed that’s safe and approach with caution.

          — Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas Traffic Safety Foundation President

(Go Magazine Nov-Dec 2020)

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