Monday, April 12, 2010

Another Crazy Law ...You Need To Know


New Law: If a patrol car is pulled over to the side of the road, you
must change to the next lane (away from the stopped vehicle) or
slow down by 20 mph. Every state except Hawaii and Mary land and D.C.
has adopted this law now.

In New Jersey, the "Move-over" law became operative in 2009, fine up to

A friend's son got a ticket for this recently. A police car (turned out
it was 2 police cars) was on the side of the road giving a ticket
to someone else. He slowed down to pass but did not move into the other
lane. The second police car immediately pulled him over and gave him
a ticket. He had never heard of the law.

It is a fairly new law that states if any emergency vehicle is on the
side of the road, if you are able, you are to move into the far
lane. The cost of the ticket was $754, with 3 points on your license
and a mandatory court appearance.

Please tell everyone you know about this new law.
As of now the map shows that New York, Maryland and Hawaii do not have
this law.


Tonya & Scott said...

I'm sorry that you feel like this is "another crazy law" - for those of us who have lost a loved one from a careless driver find it a valuable coutesy that "should" be common sense. My brother was a TN State Trooper & was killed in 2005 while he had a motorist pulled over on the side of the road. This is a much needed law because drivers obviously are so busy with their own agenda's that they lack the common sense to move over & give them room to work. Think about being in your office writing your blog & a semi truck barreling through w/out regard.....that is how it feels for our law enforcement & every other profession that works out on the highways.

Seems to me that $754 + 3 points & a visit to court is much less of an issue than taking a life. I would say he learned a very good life lesson & hopefully one that he will take with him during his driving career.

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