Now It's the Law: Slow Down and Move Over


 
 

Katie Curley | | Wednesday, March 25, 2009


NEWBURYPORT, Mass. -- A new law went into effect yesterday that will require drivers who spot emergency response vehicles in the breakdown lane of state highways to slow down and move over.

It may sound like common sense, but under the Move it Over Law, motorists will be required, if they can safely do so, to change lanes so that they are not immediately adjacent to emergency vehicles. Failure to do so could result in a $100 fine.

Along with emergency vehicles, such as ambulances or police cars, the new law applies to highway maintenance vehicles and recovery trucks.

Local state police troopers said last week the idea was about time, since they had survived close calls in the past. Troopers said the close calls happen more often than one would think as cars speed by on the highway, sometimes the gusts knocking their hats off their heads.

Massachusetts will be the 44th state to pass such a law, according to Move Over, America

Last week, Massachusetts State Police along with state police Superintendent Col. Mark Delaney, Massachusetts Highway Department Commissioner Luisa Paiewonsky, AAA Southern New England Director of Public and Legislative Affairs Mary Maguire and Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists President Joe Dorant held a press conference to detail the change.

Among those in attendance were injured state trooper Dana Cresta. Cresta was nearly killed last October when he was struck by a car while standing outside his cruiser on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Newton. Cresta was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with serious injuries.

A national organization called Move Over, America, which is devoted to spreading awareness of move-over laws, stated that more than 150 law enforcement officers have been struck and killed by vehicles along the nation's highways since 1997.




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Provider Wellness and Safety

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

NAEMT: Transforming EMS

A look inside at the Mobile Healthcare Paramedic system.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Austin-Travis County Community Health Paramedic Program

Overview of program provides operation and referral details.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Flight Paramedic’s Perfect Weekend

Carilion Lifeguard Flight Paramedic shares what would make his perfect weekend.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Honolulu EMS Pilot Program

New program tests change in shift schedule for EMTs and Paramedics.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Numerous Rescues during Arizona Flooding

Severe flooding across the region prompted several rescues.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Colorado Hiker Rescue

Injured hiker spent three hours in a crevice.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Airlift at Swiss Train Derailment

Helicopters used to help reach the injured.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


More Product Videos >