Ind. changes move-over law
Effective July 1, two changes were made to Indiana’s Move Over Law. Drivers must reduce their vehicle’s speed 10 mph under the posted speed limit if they cannot move to an adjacent lane safely. Secondly, the updated law now includes utility service vehicles.
The Indiana Department of Transportation and Indiana State Police said Indiana law requires motorists to approach cautiously when an emergency or highway maintenance vehicle is stopped with emergency lights flashing.
On March 16, a construction worker was struck and killed by a vehicle on I-80 while patching the road. Also on March 24, a worker was struck by a vehicle, and injured on I-65 while performing survey work in the median.
Motorists must change lanes away from the emergency vehicle if they can do so safely. If not, they must reduce their speed 10 mph under the posted speed limit and proceed with caution.
Violating the law can result in a fine and license suspension for up to two years if the driver causes damage to emergency equipment, injury or death to an emergency worker.