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Mississippi Highway Patrol reminding drivers of 'move over' law

Mississippi’s “Move Over” law has been in place since 2006, but law enforcement officers want the public to know just how important it is to follow the law.

Posted: Jan 27, 2020 6:31 PM
Updated: Jan 27, 2020 6:32 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Highway Patrol is reminding motorists about a law that makes roadways safer for first responders who are along the side of the road.

Mississippi’s “Move Over” law has been in place since 2006, but law enforcement officers want the public to know just how important it is to follow the law.

Sgt. Marvin Baird of the Mississippi Highway Patrol said the law was created to protect and provide safety for all emergency crews as they are on the scene of an accident or performing other duties alongside the roadway.

Whenever a driver sees flashing lights on the side of the road, drivers must move into the left lane to give first responders space to conduct their work.

For motorists who are traveling on a two-lane road, or if traffic prevents the motorist from moving over, Baird said to slow down as much as possible.

Distracted driving is one thing that can lead to drivers breaking the law. Lawbreakers will receive a ticket for the violation. Baird said many citations have been handed out recently to help crack down on the issue.

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Tate322781
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Copiah293065
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Simpson287484
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Smith158634
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Wilkinson64727
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