A reminder to motorists on the road to move over for any vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road..
The law was originally passed in 2004 requiring motorists to move over anytime they approach an emergency vehicle such as a fire truck, ambulance, or police vehicle. The law was modified in December to incorporate any kind of road service vehicle or wrecker as well.
"If you think about the context of the law it’s kind of common sense. In the aspect of safety if you see someone along side of the road to move over to give them more room," said Lieutenant Matt Boyd, Zanesville Post Commander.
Failing to move over results in a minor misdemeanor on a first offense, similar to a speeding ticket and punishable by a fine. Multiple violations in a 12 month period results in a 4th degree misdemeanor. At which point you could be subject to jail time and an increased penalty up to $250 dollars.
The other part of the law is if you cannot move over, due to a significant amount of traffic, or if you are traveling on a two lane roadway where you cannot move over, you are required to slow down and just proceed with caution.
"You don’t know when a wrecker driver is hooking a car up, they may trip over a cable or a wheel chalk or something like that," said Lieutenant Boyd, "we just want to make sure that there’s no other accidents."
Lieutenant Boyd says the Zanesville Post has investigated three fatalities so far this year.