MOVE OVER is the right move while driving

Move Over
The Move Over law wants to keep us all safe. (Alabama Law Enforcement Agency / Facebook)

There are a lot of things we love to do in our cars—more than just driving. We love to put on Grammy-worthy performances to our favorite songs, hit up a drive-thru for that much needed morning coffee and chat with our BFF in the passenger seat. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency wants us to add another thing we should do regularly while in our cars: move over to the left when we see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road.

Safety should be our #1 priority

Driving
Keep your eyes open for vehicles on the side of the road. (Jacob Blakenship / The Bama Buzz)

Safety should always be on our minds while driving. Since 2009, Alabama’s Move Over law has had this goal in mind. When you spot law enforcement or emergency vehicles on the side of the road, make your way over to the left lane to give them some space.

The danger of not moving over

However, according to data from the Alabama Department of Transportation, the law hasn’t resulted in safer roads. In fact, there’s been an increase in deaths and injuries in work zones since 2009. In 2020, 19 deaths in Alabama were caused by work zone crashes.

A recent crash on Interstate 59, near Springville in St. Clair County, reminds us of the importance of this law, as reported by WSFA12. When a driver failed to move over, it resulted in a crash, sending both the driver and ALEA state trooper to the hospital.

In response to this crash, ALEA wants Alabama to remember to move over. Let’s make Alabama roads safe together!

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Selah Vetter
Selah Vetter
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