SCDPS reminds motorists, 'Move over, it's the law'

Published: Dec. 22, 2015 at 4:06 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 22, 2015 at 5:27 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is reminding motorists to "Move Over" during the busy holiday travel season.

The Emergency Scenes law requires drivers to get in the other lane, when possible, when they see emergency personnel or highway workers doing their jobs on the roads and highways.

"We want to keep emergency personnel safe this holiday season as they work to keep the public safe," said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. "Stay alert, and when you see flashing lights ahead, make preparations to safely move over, allowing first responders room to work."

Drivers approaching a temporary work zone or an emergency scene are required by law to:

  • Keep their vehicle under control;
  • Proceed with due caution;
  • Significantly reduce vehicle speed;
  • Change lanes if at all possible to allow room for responders to work safely;
  • Maintain safe speed for road conditions if changing lanes is impossible or unsafe.

The law is designed to protect firefighters, EMS, law enforcement and highway workers.

Endangering temporary work zone or emergency personnel is considered a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $500.  
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