The Walker County Sheriff’s Office has shared its monthly tip. This month, they want to emphasize O.C.G.A. 40-6-16, commonly called the “move over” law. This Georgia law explains the procedures for passing stationary authorized emergency vehicles, stationary towing or recovery vehicles, or stationary highway maintenance vehicles. It is designed to keep emergency responders (fire, EMS, and law enforcement), wrecker operators, roadway maintenance crews and power company personnel safe whenever they are working around or on a roadway in an authorized capacity, with the proper emergency lights flashing and visible. As a driver approaches an authorized emergency vehicle, they must “move over” by making a lane change. If this cannot be done the motorist must then slow down to a speed below the posted speed limit that would be considered reasonable for the roadway and be prepared to stop.
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