MPD reminds drivers to move over

Posted on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

The Morristown Police Department is reminding drivers to heed the state’s Move Over Law, which requires motorists to move to an adjacent lane, when safe, or slow down for emergency vehicles.

Morristown Police Chief Roger Overholt emphasizes that Tennessee’s Move Over Law involves more than police cruisers and ambulances. It also applies equally to construction crews and utility workers when lights on their vehicles are flashing.

The public reminder comes six days after a Nashville police officer died when he was struck by a vehicle while working a crash on Interstate 65.

“Morristown has quite a bit of construction going on, and motorists are encouraged to drive with due care and to move over, when safe to do so, when emergency personnel, construction or utility vehicles are present,” Overholt said.

The FBI reported that in 2012, 10 officers were killed in the line of duty when struck by vehicles. Eight were directing traffic or assisting motorists, and two died at roadblocks or while making a routine traffic stop.

The maximum penalty for violating Tennessee’s Move Over Law is a $500 fine and 30 days in jail, according to Overholt.

-From Staff Reports

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