NHTSA on First Responder Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding motorists to help keep first responders safe in 2022. It may not be the first thing to come to mind, but one of the most dangerous places for a first responder to be is working on the roadside. Whether it’s a police officer working a traffic accident or a paramedic helping a crash victim, their safety can be put in jeopardy when drivers are distracted, speeding or engaging in any other dangerous behaviors behind the wheel.   

First responders are counting on drivers to pay attention to the roadways and give them the room they need to do their jobs safely. Thankfully, all 50 states, including California, now have “Move Over” laws. These laws are designed to give first responders like police officers and paramedics the room they need to safely tend to motorists in need of assistance.  

Move Over Laws Also Apply to Flashing Amber Lights in California  

In California, the “Move Over” laws also apply to the flashing amber lights of roadside work vehicles like Caltrans vehicles and tow trucks. All roadside workers need to have plenty of room to do their jobs safely.  

When you see flashing lights, whether blue, red or amber, move over a lane. If you can’t move over, slow down and pass as safely as possible. Police officers, paramedics, firefighters, first responders and other roadside workers deserve to get home to their families at the end of the day. Give them the room they need to do their jobs.  

Make a Commitment to Distraction-Free Driving  

Above all, never drive distracted. If you’re looking at your phone, you’re not paying attention to the road. Roadside emergencies can happen very quickly, so you need to be paying attention to the task of driving at all times when you’re behind the wheel. Even glancing at your phone for a moment can take your eyes off the road for long enough for something terrible to happen.  

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a dangerous or distracted driver in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.