Virginia's "Move Over" law expanded

By Matt Butner - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - You may already know to slow down or move over when you see flashing blue lights on the interstate, but soon, you'll have to make way for lights of all colors.

Tow truck driver Ed Hudson has a unique way of describing part of his job.

"It's like being at an amusement park- King's Dominion, Busch Gardens- and being by the cars when they come by on the roller coaster... you feel that," said Hudson of traffic whizzing by as he works.

"We have close calls all the time, constantly," he added.  "You're within inches of changing your life or ending your life."

Virginia's "Slow down, Move over" law already protects state police and emergency workers from passing cars. The bill that just passed in the general assembly will include tow truck drivers like Ed, and others.

"If you're driving down the interstate and there are red flashing lights, blue flashing lights, amber flashing lights- if you can, you are required by law to slow down and move over," said Martha Meade with AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Behind each of those lights, there's a person doing a job. Ed Hudson is reminded of the risks of his job every day, by his wife.

"Every day I go out, when I leave I'm told and reminded to be careful and I always say yeah, I will," he said.

Hudson says the change in the law is welcome, and long overdue.

"It's going to give us a little extra breathing room and allow us to do our job, hopefully with a little more security."

For drivers, a first offense will be treated as a traffic violation. Subsequent violations will carry the possibility of a $2,500 fine and jail time. All the more reason to remember- if you see flashing lights ahead on the highway, no matter what color: slow down, and move over.

To read the Move Over law, click here.

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