Move Over Law expanded

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A new law was enacted Tuesday, Aug. 28 by Gov. Jay Nixon expanding the "Slow Down and Move Over" law to include Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) maintenance vehicles, along with law enforcement vehicles.

New signs will be posted reminding motorists to slow down or change lanes when approaching an emergency or maintenance vehicle parked on the shoulder. The top of these signs will be yellow, with black lettering to attract the attention of motorists and align Missouri's sign design with those in other states.

Beth Wright, MoDOT State Maintenance Engineer, stated, "About 2,400 MoDOT employees work on Missouri highways every day, often in high-volume traffic. Their number-one priority is to work safely. We appreciate every effort to help get them home safely every day."

As a result of this law, certain MoDOT vehicles will now be legally classified as emergency vehicles. When responding to an emergency, the MoDOT Motor Assist or Emergency Response vehicles will now display white and amber flashing lights and use a siren to warn motorists. They will only use the lights and siren to alert the motorists stopped in emergency traffic line to yield the right-of-way.

For more information on this new law, contact the MoDOT Community Relations Coordinator DeAnne Rickabaugh at 573-751-9257.

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