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North Carolina's Troopers See a Rise in Move Over Law Violation Accidents

December 03, 2020

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol began a new safety campaign designed to increase awareness about the state's Move Over law.  Recently, there has been several traffic accidents involving North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers.  The "Move a Little/Save a Lot" safety campaign focuses on North Carolina's Move Over law's education and enforcement.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol has reported that there have been six severe collisions between motorists and law enforcement officers since June.  North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers say that drivers failing to move over was a primary cause in five of the six incidents.  There have been 15 trooper's vehicles that have been struck due to move over violations.  According troopers, over 150 law enforcement officers have been hit and killed by vehicles nationwide.  

The Move Over Law requires drivers to slow down or change lanes safely when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights on the roadway.  The law has been in effect since 2002 and was revised in 2012 to include all "public service" vehicles such as tow trucks, utility trucks or other vehicles assisting motorists and law enforcement officers. 

The punishment for violating North Carolina's Move Over law is a fine of $250 plus associated court costs.  Drivers might also face misdemeanor criminal charges for causing more than $500 worth of property damage or personal injury if a driver fails to move over, resulting in death or severe injury close to the immediate area of a stopped public service or emergency vehicle.

It is well documented that most accidents can be prevented with a little extra care and safety education.  Since 1984, Montlick & Associates has been dedicated to keeping children and families safe on the roadway.  Our commitment runs deep through our extensive, award-winning public service programs that provide people the information they need to avoid injuries.  To learn about our Don't Drink and Drive Campaign, Child Passenger Safety Programs, Booster Seat Campaign and much more, visit and click on “community service,” or simply click here. You can also learn more about one of our newest driver and passenger safety programs by visiting

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