First responders to an accident scene.

First responders to an accident scene.

Safety for first responders and other roadway workers needs to be a top priority for motorists in California. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to raise awareness about the dangers faced by first responders and other roadway workers on busy roads and highway across the country. The NHTSA has partnered with State Highway Safety Offices and law enforcement partners to get the word out about life-saving laws like the “Move Over” law. All 50 states now have “Move Over” laws, which are designed to protect law enforcement officers, first responders and other roadway workers.

Public Not Aware of Move Over Laws

According to the NHTSA, only about 71 percent of the general public are even aware of these laws. Traffic-related incidents are still one of the leading causes of death for on-duty law enforcement officers, so roadway safety needs to be a top priority for all motorists. At this time, the NHTSA and other partners are working to get the word out about “Move Over” laws through various advertising campaigns, including those on social media.

Move Over. It’s the Right Thing to Do.

If you see an emergency vehicle with emergency lights activated, you need to move over. Whether it’s parked on or next to the roadway or approaching a scene, make sure you take action. It’s the right thing to do. When you see the flashing lights, make a lane change into an available lane that is not immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle. If it’s not possible to safely make a lane change, slow down to a reasonable speed for existing weather, road and vehicular or pedestrian conditions.

Move Over For Flashing Amber Lights Too

In California, the “Move Over” law also applies to flashing amber lights of roadway workers. It’s not just first responders and cops that work on busy roadways. Roadside workers need space to do their jobs safely too.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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