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Remember the “Move Over law” in Georgia

Drivers in Georgia have a lot of laws that they need to remember if they’re driving on the state’s roads. It’s imperative that they do what they can to help keep themselves and others on the road safe. One of the laws that’s important to remember is the “Move Over law.” It went into effect on July 1, 2016, in an effort to prevent vehicles from slamming into the individuals covered under the law.

This law requires that if you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road that you merge one lane over to provide an empty lane between your vehicle and that emergency vehicle. If traffic is too heavy for this, it requires that you slow down to well below the posted speed limit and be prepared to stop if necessary.

The Move Over law doesn’t only apply to police officers. You also have to move over for other vehicles that display red, white, blue, yellow or amber flashing lights as long as it’s considered an emergency vehicle. For example, a tow truck that’s picking up a disabled vehicle would require you to abide by the Move Over law. Maintenance vehicles and utility linemen are also covered by the law.

Failing to comply with the law can result in a fine of up to $500. For some individuals, such as people who drive for work, having this type of traffic violation on their record may result in them not being able to work. This might make it necessary to fight the traffic violation. Working with an attorney who’s familiar with these cases may be beneficial.