Highway Patrol video shows the importance of Move Over Law
The South Dakota Highway Patrol posted a video this week showing how dangerous it can be when motorists don’t move over for emergency personnel and other vehicles stopped on the side of the road.
The Highway Patrol writes, “Sorry, this isn’t the clearest video, but on Saturday night, March 16th, a Trooper was helping a stranded motorist change a flat tire. As they were doing so the Trooper noticed a vehicle coming toward them; over the fog line.”
Luckily, the Trooper was able to quickly pull those working to fix the flat tire out of the way — moments before the vehicle flies past where they were working.
The Trooper tracked down the vehicle and ticketed the violator.
South Dakota has a Move Over Law that requires vehicles to change lanes and slow down when passing any vehicle displaying yellow flashing lights.
The law is designed to keep emergency personnel and motorists experiencing mechanical problems safe. Violations are a Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $200 and/or 60 days in jail.