It's the Law: Move Over for Utility Workers
Motorists in Georgia already know they should move over one lane when they drive near a law enforcement officer working on the side of a roadway.
But, did you know that same law applies to utility linemen working near roadways?
Georgia’s Move Over Law says motorists traveling in the lane adjacent to the shoulder must move over one lane when all first responders (law enforcement, fire and EMS), utility vehicles, Georgia DOT vehicles, HERO units and wreckers are stopped and working in an official capacity. If motorists can’t move over a lane, they should slow down and be prepared to stop.
The law is intended to keep emergency and utility personnel safe.
With peak travel season approaching, motorists are reminded that failure to follow the law could result in a fine up to $500, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.