Traffic

NC 'move over' law expands to roadside work crews

Posted September 30, 2012 12:58 p.m. EDT

— 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.