Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Move Over Law (New Law in some states)

With the economoy still struggling and deficits rising a trend seems to be emerging with more and more tickets being written. There is a law which over 71% of americans dont know exists.

Its Called the Move Over Law, If a patrol car or emergency vehicle is pulled over to the side of the road with their lights flashing, you have to change to the next lane (away from the stopped vehicle) or slow down by 20 mph. Every state except Hawaii , Maryland, NY and D.C. has this law and the fines are not cheap.

"More than 150 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed since 1997 after being struck by vehicles along America's highways, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund," according to information posted on the group's Web site, "www.moveoveramerica.com.

Just be aware of this law and use common sense when passing a patrol car or emergency vehicle on the side of the road. If you do not change lane or slow down by 20 MPH it could cost you a ticket as high as $500 or more.