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Move over. It’s the law: Officers make renewed push to remind drivers to slow down, move over

May 16, 2019 GMT

Move over. It’s the law. Across the state and country, officers are making a renewed push to get drivers to slow down and move over for law enforcement.

“In an ideal world, everybody would comply with the law,” said Joseph Cotton with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Electronic signs dotted North Carolina highways this week reminding drivers to move over when a vehicle is stopped along the shoulder.

Highway patrol says this is an issue, believe it or not.

“Since the move over law took effect, we have lost two troopers in the line of duty to motorists failing to move over. We’ve had several troopers who have been struck while conducting their official duties on the roadside,” Cotton said.


On Wednesday, along I-95 near Smithfield in Johnston County, troopers had a car with lights on and a worker truck on the side of the road.

Officers pulled over multiple drivers for not moving over.

To avoid shelling out hundreds of dollars for a citation, officers are reminding drivers to move over for law enforcement, DOT workers, tow trucks and other emergency responders like paramedics.