Margaret Pittelkow: Did you know that each year roadside workers, motorists and emergency responders are struck and killed in the United States by oncoming traffic? Countless more are injured as well. AAA is working to shed some light on this issue by supporting Move Over laws and informing drivers about safety on the road.
Anytime you see a police car, fire truck or a service vehicle like a tow truck stopped on the side of the road with its emergency lights flashing, you should move over to provide an empty lane while passing. If you're on a two lane road or it's not safe to move over because of traffic, slow down to well below the speed limit. Some state laws say to slow to 20 mph under the posted speed limit to stay safe.
Every state has a move over law and they change a bit from state-to-state. Some carry fines of hundreds of dollars. Regardless of the penalty moving over is the right thing to do, to keep yourself safe as well as protect police officers, emergency responders and roadside workers from harm.
It's more crowded than ever out there on our highways. Please join AAA and other rescue organizations by watching out for these roadside heroes. Their lives depend on it.