Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Last Updated: Friday, June 09, 2017

Move over, slow down
Protect those who protect us

Provided by Directorate of Emergency Services

Belvoir’s Directorate of Emergency Services has joined the Commonwealth of Virginia in recognizing June as “Move Over Awareness Month.” The declaration is intended to provide further support to Belvoir’s public safety campaign aimed at increasing drivers’ awareness about protecting public safety professionals and highway safety workers on Virginia’s roads.

Virginia’s Move Over law, established in 2002, requires drivers to either move over a lane or, when unable to, cautiously pass all emergency personnel stopped on the side of a road. The law also applies to emergency response vehicles, highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.

Every state in the nation has a Move Over law on record. Visit http://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/move-over-law/ to find out more.

Non-adherence to this section of the Code is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor traffic infraction, which is punishable by up to a year in jail, and/or up to a $2,500 fine. In certain cases, it could also result in suspension of a driver’s privileges to operate a motor vehicle.

Ensure your first responders make it home safely to their families and commit to saving the lives of these professionals by remembering to “Move Over and Slow Down” when approaching any public safety professional working in or near a roadway.

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