Holiday weekend marks one year since enhanced ‘Move Over’ law went into effect

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The Fourth of July weekend is expected to be a busy travel holiday.

It comes one year after the state’s enhanced ‘Move Over’ law went into effect.

It requires drivers to move over or slow down for anyone with their hazard lights on, and not just emergency or TDOT vehicles.

THP officials told News 2 the enhanced law is working.

So far in 2018, THP has issued 1,021 ‘Move Over’ citations, compared to 2,100 in 2017.

Megan Buell from the Tenn. Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security said part of that comes from increased enforcement of the enhanced law.

To date, 112 TDOT workers have died on the job from motorists not obeying the law.

For the THP, it’s personal.

The agency lost one of its own in 2005 when Trooper Todd Larkins was struck and killed by a tractor trailer after he pulled someone over on I-40 in Dickson County.

“That’s something that could’ve been preventable. No questions asked. again, it’s the unfortunate situation that lead to strong laws,” said Buell. “I feel that people are moving over. I do watch people make an effort to move over or to slow down and it’s important. People just need to pay attention.”

Buell said with the growing population of Nashville adding to the congestion on the roads, it’s all the more important for newcomers to be aware of the enhanced law.

A violation could land drivers a maximum fine of $500.

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