Why is the wording of ‘Move Over OR Slow Down’ so important?

We have previously published an article about what is commonly known as the ‘Move Over Law,’ but the subject has proved to be contentious, so let’s look at the importance of the wording in more detail.

This post will focus specifically on divided highways.  Undivided roads often require much lower speeds from the passing vehicles, and in extreme situations, possibly even the need for drivers to stop. 

We will discuss the divided highway scenario by talking about a vehicle standing on the shoulder on the right.  Naturally, the lateral aspects need to be reversed if the static vehicle is on the left, beside the median.

This unmodified photograph was taken with a long lens from distance, and from two lanes away from the red pick-up truck. The truck driver easily could have changed lanes, away from the man on the shoulder but didn’t. The expression of the man on the shoulder says it all! [Copyright image, 2020]

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A Worrying and Potentially Harmful Attempt to Help a Crash Victim

Memphis Police Officer In Critical Condition After Crash

But here is the potentially very worrying aspect:

“Social media posts indicated that witnesses and bystanders rushed en masse to help flip the police vehicle back over onto its wheels after the tremendous wreck as first responders began arriving on the scene.”

Quote: “…thank you to those who ran to help turn the police car back over after it flipped” … But if the officer, presumably, was still in the vehicle and had suffered serious neck or spinal injuries, this action could have caused her permanent paralysis or even death!

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