The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to help keep everyone safe by moving over when they see a stationary public safety vehicle, emergency vehicle, road service or highway maintenance vehicle on the side of the road with flashing or rotating lights.
According to a press release, Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) cruisers were involved in 56 crashes from 2016 to 2020 that were “move over” related. These crashes resulted in one death and 52 injuries. Alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in 25% of “move over” crashes, while wet roads or those covered in snow or ice accounted for 52%, the release stated.
“When you see emergency vehicles on the side of the ride, be mindful, slow down and move over,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. “It’s simple, and it saves lives.”
Ohio law requires all drivers to move over to an adjacent lane when approaching any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside. If moving over is not possible due to traffic or weather conditions or because a second lane does not exist, motorists should slow down and proceed with caution. The Move Over law now exists in all 50 states.
From 2016 to 2020, troopers issued 25,185 citations for violating the Move Over law. Males accounted for 59% of the Move Over citations, while 35% were issued between June and August.
“Moving over helps protect the lives of everyone who works on or uses our roadways,” said OSHP Jackson Post Lieutenant Steven Daugherty. “Moving over isn’t just the law; it’s the right thing to do.”
From 2016 through 2020, a total of 127 violations of the Move Over law were issued in Jackson County. The number of violations in Vinton County was much less at seven total.
Moving over or slowing down is also important when driving in work zones. For more information on Ohio’s work zones, and what troopers do to make them safer, visit www.workzonedashboard.ohio.gov.