Help protect the safety of first responders
In 2002, Virginia’s Move Over Law was signed to protect the safety of first responders by requiring drivers to yield right-of-way to emergency vehicles on highways. The law requires drivers, when approaching a stationary vehicle that is displaying flashing or blinking blue, red or amber lights, to either move over to a lane away from the stationary vehicle or “proceed with caution” through the area.
The law states “The driver of any motor vehicle, upon approaching a stationary vehicle that is displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating blue, red, or amber light,” should “proceed with caution and, if reasonable, with due regard for safety and traffic conditions, yield the right-of-way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the stationary vehicle or if changing lanes would be unreasonable or unsafe, proceed with due caution and maintain a safe speed for highway conditions.”
In June 2014, Governor Terry McAuliffe designated June as Virginia’s “Move Over Awareness Month” using education and awareness efforts to “Help Protect Those Who Protect You.” The National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund reports traffic related fatalities were the leading cause of death in 14 of the last 20 years. The National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund also reports 145 law enforcement officers were struck and killed by a vehicle while on duty between 2005 and 2015. The Officer Down Memorial Page reports two officers and three K9 officers were killed in 2016 alone.
The Virginia State Police recently unveiled a billboard campaign to remind drivers to “move over.” Look for the signs while traveling along I-64, I-264, I-664 and U.S. Route 58, and remember to move over when approaching a police car, fire truck or emergency worker stopped on the highway…lives depend on it.