Massachusetts Legislature Approves “Move Over” Bill

On Monday, the Massachusetts house and Senate approved a new bill that would penalize drivers who do not slow down or move over while driving past emergency vehicles providing roadside assistance. If passed, drivers will receive a $100 fine for failing to comply.

According to a spokesperson for AAA Southern New England, 44 states across the United States already have a similar bill in place. AAA began supporting the “move over bill” after two of its tow truck drivers died in a roadside accident on Route 495 in Norton.

The State Police Association of Massachusetts has also publicly supported the bill, in part because in the last two months five state troopers have been injured by cars as they provided assistance along the side of the road.

The legislation has been sent to Governor Deval Patrick, who must sign, veto, or amended the bill before Christmas Day.

Legislature gives final approval to ‘Move Over’ bill,, December 16, 2008
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