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NC 'move over' law expands to roadside work crews

Posted September 30, 2012

— Starting Monday, drivers on North Carolina roads must change lanes or slow down to avoid any roadside utility or maintenance crews bearing flashing amber lights, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Violators could face a fine of up to $250.

Under the state's newly expanded "move over" law, drivers must move over one lane when two or more lanes are available in each direction to make way for emergency responders, tow trucks, NCDOT incident management assistance patrols, and now, roadside work crews. On roads with only one traffic lane in each direction, drivers must slow down and be prepared to stop.

The General Assembly passed the initial move-over requirements in 2001 and voted in June to expand them to include any work crew with flashing amber lights. 

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  • RKBA Oct 2, 6:18 p.m.

    Great, now we have to pull over for the porta potty trucks. Brilliant!

  • endlessnameless Oct 2, 2:54 p.m.

    The speed limit laws are working so well.

  • brentf777 Oct 2, 1:28 p.m.

    "I am amazed at all the folks on here bashing a law that is designed to SAVE LIVES!!! Don't want a fine, follow the law and maybe even save a life.

    There are very few 'natives' left, but WE aren't the ones causing the driving problems for the most part but the transplants feel so much better if they can blame us."

    I'm a native (8th generation) and I oppose this law. Qwerty27807 is right. This law seems designed to simply be another revenue generator. Can't move over, don't slow down ENOUGH according to the completely arbitrary opinion of a man with a badge and a gun and get slapped with a fine that may be a week's salary. The people here who say to simply "obey the law" irritate me to no end. Enablers of fascism. No one in this entire country can even know let alone obey every single law that may apply to them there as so many. In Amerika we live in a prison made out of laws. It's time for a jailbreak.

  • Scubagirl Oct 1, 6:17 p.m.

    the key word(s) here are SAFELY MOVE OVER!!! NOT just move over and to heck w/ whoever might already be in that space. SAFELY!!! Granted that requires a little bit of sense, paying attention to what is IN FRONT of you, not in your lap/mirror/phone, oh and driving within the speed limit. But folks won't do that because it interferes with their busy lives and self inflated egos

  • frosty Oct 1, 6:17 p.m.

    Stupid drivers are going to be dangerous irregardless of any particular reason. Paying attention and scanning the road ahead will help. Many times alert drivers will see a problem and react to it long before others see it coming. Not having situational awareness will make people react suddenly without checking for the other traffic.

    I don't think this law will be heavily enforced. But it will be there when the occasional poor driver needs a wake up call.

    Most trucks moved over long before it became law. For safety, staying next to a truck on a multi-lane road is not a good idea, but for various reasons it's not always possible to do.

    Safety is more about common sense and co-operation than laws. The laws are just to make up for the lack of the former.

  • homefree Oct 1, 5:41 p.m.

    I disagree with the law. I think it makes the roads deadly for motorist. The fact that people are going to freak out when they see one of the vehicles and move lanes with very little notice will cause more problems and dangers to motorist. I've been a part of incidents in the past where drivers made sudden moves to get over and then almost cause another wreck. If you riding behind a larger vehicle you can't see around it to tell if there is a vehicle to move over for. When the larger vehicle move you only have a few seconds to take action behind the wheel.
    These guys have tough and dangerous jobs at times...but they know that when they take the job. Next thing you know fireman will be telling us it's not safe to run into burning buildings...
    We as a state need to focus on the issues that plague our citizens and stop wasting time making laws that are not more than another tax for it's tax payers.

  • frosty Oct 1, 5:31 p.m.

    Last month we had a loaded gasoline tanker with a blown front tire on the side of the road NC168 Norfolk area heading to the outerbanks. It is a four lane road with a center turn lane, 45 MPH speed limit. The truck was just off the road as far as it could go, and was in danger of rolling over due to the soft ground. When it came time to jack up the truck we had a Sheriff's deputy park behind the truck to keep people away. It did not work they just came by to close anyway. The deputy finally had to park his car in the right lane to block traffic out of the work area.

    It was not the peak traffic time of season or day.

    And fayncmike, most of the cars and RVs had VA,PA,NJ,MD and NY tags.

  • davisgw Oct 1, 4:29 p.m.

    They need to work this the other way also, fine the workers who don't keep thier bodies and equipment inside the marked work zone. I have had seen workers walk outside the cones without looking and a motorist have to slam on brakes to avoid hitting them. Two sides to everything and plenty of blame to spread around.

  • WooHoo2You Oct 1, 1:38 p.m.

    While noone is attacking the concept of safety, this seems geared towards being a "revenue generator" right out of the box. Take a $250 ticket, throw $125 "court costs" (for what? The strenuous effort of cashing the money order?) and you have a financial bite way out of proportion to the offense.

    Not everyone in NC makes legislator-level wages. For some, this $375 is a week's salary or more.-Qwerty27807

    Then obey the laws for other's safety and your pocket book...

  • Qwerty27807 Oct 1, 1:33 p.m.

    While noone is attacking the concept of safety, this seems geared towards being a "revenue generator" right out of the box. Take a $250 ticket, throw $125 "court costs" (for what? The strenuous effort of cashing the money order?) and you have a financial bite way out of proportion to the offense.

    Not everyone in NC makes legislator-level wages. For some, this $375 is a week's salary or more.

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