I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
Wisconsin’s Move Over Law was established in 2001 to help ensure the safety of emergency responders and highway maintenance workers. According to the law, drivers must move over a lane, if possible, or slow down if changing lanes is not safe when encountering a law enforcement vehicle, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck, utility vehicle or highway construction vehicle that is stopped on the side of the road with its lights flashing. Violators of the Move Over Law face a $249 fine and three points off of their driver’s license but more importantly, it may result in someone being needlessly injured or killed.
As I stated above, Wisconsin’s “Move Over Law” requires drivers to move over or slow down for emergency and maintenance vehicles. Those can be the trucks and crew that a repairing the potholes. The law says that a motorist must “move the motor vehicle into a lane that is not the lane nearest the parked or standing vehicle or machinery and continue traveling in that lane until safely clear of the vehicle or machinery.” It also requires that a motorist “slow the motor vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for traffic conditions, and operate the motor vehicle at a reduced speed until completely past the vehicle or machinery.”
The law is good, but it could be better. It should be amended to move over for any vehicle pulled over. In doing so, it will be become habit forming that when drivers see a vehicle pulled over their instinct is to move over. So many people forget the people repairing the roads (which is already included). We shouldn’t just be trying to protect law enforcement, maintenance workers, or emergence personnel, but everybody. If it is good from those stated group it should be good for all!
So, please, move over. It’s the law.