New Law: Move Over Or Risk $500 Fine.

3 02 2009

njspTrenton-N.J. Drivers can be fined up to $500 if they don’t veer away from police and other emergency vehicles on the shoulder of roadways under a new law signed by Gov. Jon Corzine last week.

The “move-over” law was co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Joan Quigley, D-Jersey City. New Jersey joins more then 40 states in enacting the law, which took effect Jan. 27.

Under the law, drivers must move into an opposite driving lane while emergency vehicles are stationed on the side of an interstate or intrastate highway reporting to an incident or emergency. Fines range from $100 to $500.

The law came about because of the fear that drivers can accidentally hit emergency crew members while getting in and out of vehicles and standing on the side of the road.

“For our department, we operate mostly on Route 280,” Harrison Fire Chief Tom Dolaghan said. “Cars travel 70 to 80 miles per hour and it doesn’t take much for a worker to be clipped by a car.”

A State Police officer was struck on Route 80 in November and it might have been avoided if this law was in effect, Dolaghan said.

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10 03 2009
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Changing Lanes on a highway or Parkway, becasue someone may be getting a ticket, will cause more accidents and more traffic. Not smart at all Assemblywoman Joan Quigley.
So another cop is stationed behind the working cop to give more tickets to people who did not change lanes for the first cop, and so on, and so on.
Dumb dumb dumb.

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