At the Ohio State Highway Patrol in St. Clairsville, they say the tragic hit-and-run death of a police officer in Mentor, Ohio, is a prime example of why the Move Over law is so vital.
Post Commander Lt. James Faunda said every state in the nation has some form of this law.
And in Ohio, it applies to nearly every kind of vehicle that you might see pulled over along the road.
It’s based on the premise that when we see something out of the ordinary, we tend to steer toward it.
But the Move Over law says we must do just the opposite–we must steer away from that vehicle that’s along the side of the road.
It applies to all police cruisers, fire trucks and ambulances as well as ODOT trucks, tow trucks, even any disabled vehicle with its four-way flashers on.
“It requires you to do one of two things,” said Lt. James Faunda. “If it’s a multi-lane highway, you’re required to move to the adjacent lane when you pass that vehicle. If you’re on a two-lane highway, you’re required at the very least to slow down and if possible move to the opposite lane if you can do that safely.”
Lt. Faunda said many people don’t move over, and he has a theory about that.
He said he continues to see distracted driving in many forms.
He said drivers are checking their phone, eating a sandwich or adjusting the radio, when they look up and see there’s someone pulled over, they don’t have enough time to ease into the other lane.