practice followed by professional truckdrivers for decades would
become law in a bill under consideration in the New Jersey Assembly.
The proposal is designed to protect police and other emergency personnel
during roadside stops.
A3562, dubbed the “Move Over Act,” drivers would be required to
maintain a safe distance and reduce speed when approaching an emergency
vehicle parked by the road with its lights flashing.
measure, written by Assemblyman Robert J. Smith, D-Gloucester, would
require drivers to merge into the farthest lane away from an emergency
vehicle. On two-lane highways, drivers would be required to slow
down to 20 mph below the speed limit before passing the emergency
could face fines up to $200 and/or 15 days in jail, South Jersey’s Courier-Post reported.