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Thursday, January 7, 2010

"Move Over" in OR As Of Jan. 1

Here's the KOIN Local 6 story:

PORTLAND, Ore. – Effective January 1, drivers must “move over” for police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks and emergency roadside responders.

Lawmakers expanded the “Move Over” law to include towtrucks and emergency responders, who also face treacherous conditions while working on Oregon’s roads. The problem is that most drivers don’t know about it yet.

Drivers are required to move to the left lane when approaching an emergency vehicle from the rear. If it’s not safe to move, Oregon drivers must slow down to 5 miles below the speed limit. The driver must “maintain a safe distance” from emergency vehicles or face a hefty fine of around $400.

Tow truck drivers who risk their lives on surface streets and freeways are hoping more people will obey the new law. Tow truck driver Gerardo Cavallero said he’s already experienced some close calls this year and is hoping he won’t have anymore.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Who's the moron that came up with moving to the left? The confusion this will cause, rather than moving to the right as is the law in the majority of US states, is an accident waiting to happen. Thankfully I won't be travelling through that part of the US!!