Updated Wed, Dec 11, 2013 4:48 pm
A new law in Ohio adds the list of vehicles that will require motorists to slow down or switch lanes when approaching those vehicles parked on the roadside with warning lights turned on.
The new version of Ohio’s “Move Over Law” requires motorists to slow down and, as conditions permit, shift to an adjacent lane when approaching construction, maintenance and public utilities commission vehicles that are parked on the roadside with flashing, oscillating or rotating lights. Under the previous law, motorists were required to do so only when approaching police and other emergency vehicles, including tow trucks.
Since 2008, more than 600 collisions occurred between the travelling public and ODOT vehicles and equipment.
Officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission joined together in the effort to provide roadway workers appropriate protection while performing their duties.
“A cornerstone of ODOT’s mission is the safety of all who drive on or work on Ohio’s roads,” said Jerry Wray, ODOT Director. “The expanded Move Over Law is a critical step to improving the safety of our workers, who risk their lives and well-being every day to care for the excellent transportation system the citizens of Ohio have come to expect. We at ODOT are tremendously grateful to Governor Kasich and the General Assembly for acting to protect our people.”