Wyoming Highway Patrol Takes to Social Media for the Move Over Law
The Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) is joining with their counterparts in surrounding states to bring awareness to a new law that took effect July 1, 2018, using social media and other outlets. The Move Over law requiring motorists to move over or slow down for parked emergency responders was expanded to include municipal, public utility, and highway construction and maintenance vehicles.
“Although each state may have differing Move Over laws, the message is similar,” said WHP Division A Lt. Tim Romig in a press release. “Move over for law enforcement and others who are working on the side of the road. By doing so, you can help save a life and make sure the person who not only works in your community, but also lives in your community, makes it home safe at the end of the day.”
The laws in each participating state are not the same, but do convey the same message, keeping people safe. The Wyoming Move Over law stipulates:
- When a driver comes upon any of the vehicles listed above, parked along the road, on a road with two or more lanes in the same direction, they are to move to the lane farthest away from the stopped vehicle.
- On a two-lane road, with speeds 45 mph or greater, the driver is to slow down to 20 mph below the posted speed limit
Drivers can be fined $235 for failure to move over. WYDOT is currently in the process of making signs to educate the public about the new law.
“No matter where they are, what state they’re driving in, motorists will learn about the importance of moving over,” Romig said. “If all of us work together, we can protect those who work alongside the roadways – highway maintenance workers, firefighters, EMS personnel, tow operators, utility workers, police officers, and road construction workers.”
According to the WHP, 12 patrol cars have been hit while parked alongside the road since 2016. In that same period of time, 18 snow plows have been hit by motorists.