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“Move Over” Law Goes into Effect

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A new law requiring Arkansas drivers to “move over” for more than just police, fire trucks, and ambulances goes into effect Friday (Aug. 16), according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials.

The law requires drivers to move over not only for emergency vehicles, but vehicles owned by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department and its contractors. It also includes utility vehicles, tow trucks, or authorized vehicles displaying, blue, red, amber, white, or green lights that are flashing, revolving or rotating.

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett said the agency started pushing to modify the existing law due to concern over the safety of our workers.

Driver must move to the farthest possible lane or position from the authorized vehicle. If a driver can’t move over, he or she must reduce speed and exercise caution.

If a driver is found guilty of violating the law, they can be fined up to $500.00, confined to jail or both. The court may also order community service or suspend a person’s driver’s license up to six months.

Driver should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones.

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