Move Over America ! Move Over Law Now Enacted in 44 States and Effective Jan 1, 2010 in California


Our colleague, William Johnson of San Diego posted this recently. Even though I'm in California, I hadn't heard about this new driving law. Take a moment, read the post, and watch the short video. It's a great reminder for us all.


Move Over America ! Move Over Law Now Enacted in 44 States and Effective Jan 1, 2010 in California

As Real Estate professionals we are on the road a lot and driving laws affecting us are important. One of my past clients sent me an e-mail today describing a current law that had impacted a family member. It is called apply enough the Move Over Law.

I searched this out on the internet as I was somewhat unfamiliar with it and decided to check it out. I was surprised to read that this law has now been enacted in 44 states and that in a recent survey 76% of people were unfamiliar with it. This is also the Law in my state.

In California, the "Move-over" law became effective on January 1, 2010. In at least one area of the state, the cost of the ticket was $754, with 3 points on your license and a mandatory court appearance. Each state may be different on that aspect of the enforcement of the law.

But it would be my guess that this law which impacts law enforcement or any other emergency or public vehicle is to be taken seriously. We have all read of so many instances where an officer of the law stopping a vehicle was killed or injured while attending to that duty.

This law makes a lot of sense me and one that I certainly will respect. In truth, instinctively I would move over anyway if possible while also slowing down, especially for a law enforcement or emergency vehicle that has pulled over to the side of the road. At even slower speeds, driving by any stopped vehicle creates a real gust of wind that can pull a person along the roadway from their balance., making them prone to yet another car hitting them.

I recall Brad Andersohn telling me once that some of the best posts in ActiveRain are in our "sent" box. And maybe he also meant in our "inbox" as well. In this case we all drive and every person that reads this will be informed about this. So in a way, I think of this post will serve a good purpose. To help our law enforcement and safety personnel stay safe while they are doing a job that we hire them to do, keeping us safe.

I hope this video will help you remember this and move over whenever it is feasible to do so. It's the Law!



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Comment balloon 0 commentsLottie Kendall • February 08 2010 10:12AM