Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Move Over and Move It Laws

The month of June is "Move Over Awareness Month" in Virginia and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and Loudoun County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services are reminding motorists of the move over and move it laws.  
Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman and Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Chief Keith Brower are featured in a video to raise awareness of the laws and explain the possible consequences that motorists face if they do not obey the laws. To view the video, visit www.sheriff.loudoun.gov/moveover
The Move-Over/Slow Down law, Section § 46.2-921.1 of the Code of Virginia, requires drivers to move-over one lane, if possible, whenever an emergency vehicle on the side of the road displays emergency lights. And, if traffic is too congested to move-over safely, the law requires drivers to simply slow down, below the posted speed limit and be prepared to stop.  
Virginia implemented the Move Over/Slow Down law in 2002. In Virginia, the law is a Class 1 misdemeanor. By not following the law, you face possible jail time, and a $2,500 fine. 
Unfortunately, many motorists are unfamiliar with the law and are unaware that each time an officer makes a traffic stop, it's one of the gravest dangers emergency personnel can face on the road today. 
"Remember, yield to an emergency vehicle whenever possible and follow all road safety laws," said Chief Brower. "It's important to be a responsible motor vehicle operator," added Brower.   
The Move-It law, Section § 46.2-888 of the Code of Virginia, requires motorists in a fender bender with no injuries to remove your vehicle from the travel lanes, if possible.
"By leaving your vehicle on the road after a crash, you contribute to traffic back-ups which can cause more serious crashes," said Sheriff Chapman. "Let's keep our roads safe," he added.  
When you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road with its emergency lights on, slow down, change lanes and save lives


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