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Move Over to Keep Crews, First Responders Safe

When you see a utility vehicle parked on the side of the road working in an official capacity, you can help keep line crews safe by moving over a lane or slowing down and being prepared to stop.

Georgia is one of many states that requires motorists to move over a lane or slow down significantly when approaching vehicles for police, firefighters, EMS crews, Georgia DOT vehicles, HERO units, wreckers and utility crews actively working on the side of the road.

By moving over, you’re giving workers the space they need to remain safe.

“Keeping our crews safe on the job so they can return to their families is a top priority,” said Steve Chambers, director of Jackson EMC’s job training and safety. “When motorists move over a lane, they’re helping our line crews continue to work safely.”

Motorists who violate Georgia’s Move Over Law face a fine up to $500, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.