Tennessee state law says that if you are driving on the highway, and you see first responder’s flashing lights up ahead, then you must safely move your vehicle as far over as possible into another lane. According to one state trooper, if you find yourself unable to get over, then you must at least reduce your speed considerably as you pass by. The concept of moving over is all about reducing the amount of traffic fatalities suffered by Tennessee law enforcement officers as they issue citations along the roadways and perform other vital public safety duties.
Statistically, the rate of law enforcement officers killed in traffic fatalities is up by 33 percent when compared to the previous year. That’s why officers all over the state have recently take to the internet as part of a campaign to make the public aware of the state’s “Move Over” law. One Tennessee Highway Patrol officer participating in the massive social media push says that he was always passionate about the law ever since he left the academy, but is now even more committed after being struck by a tractor-trailer while sitting in his car along the side of Interstate 75.
Another officer says that the reason the law is so important to him is because he knows firsthand that an errant truck driver can change a person’s life in the blink of an eye. That officer was on Interstate 40 near Knoxville back in 2012, when a transfer truck smashed into his parked car along the side of the road while he was finishing up a traffic stop. He says the resultant crash knocked him across three lanes of traffic and shattered his spine in the process.
Tractor-trailers are massive vehicles, which can cause serious harm in even the most minor of truck accidents. People who are injured by truck drivers who are inattentive or distracted while driving should know that they may be able to recover compensation for their damages.
Source: WBIR.com, “Injured THP troopers drive home #MoveOver message” Jim Matheny, May. 13, 2014