MOVE OVER FOR FLASHING LIGHTS AND ROAD WORKERS
Emergency responders working on the shoulder of the road have got your back. Do you have theirs? Many people don’t. However, there is a new law that may help.
Minnesota’s Ted Foss Move Over Law was named in honor of the State Patrol trooper who was killed while on the shoulder of I-90 in Winona in 2000. The law states:
When traveling on a road with two or more lanes, drivers must keep over one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated. This includes ambulance, fire, law enforcement, maintenance, construction vehicles and tow trucks.
Reduce speed if unable to safely move over a lane.
Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. Fines can exceed $100.
Our car accident lawyers have represented several road workers and police officers or state troopers who were injured while working on the highway in MN. Being a road worker or officer is a dangerous job when drivers on the road are not paying attention. The road worker is in a vulnerable situation and can be seriously injured if hit by a car or other vehicle. The highway worker or law enforcement officer should be allowed to concentrate on their duties and not worry about other traffic.
Hopefully this law will help reduce accidents by keeping cars and trucks away from the troopers, police, responders and road workers who are doing their jobs to help all of us. However, when necessary, our attorneys will be there to make sure full compensation is paid.