A group of tow truck operators in Onslow County are concerned about their safety while working. They said more drivers need to be conscious of the ‘Move Over’ law.
In 2012, the number of citations given for the 'Move Over law' in our state was 1461. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, that number dipped only slightly in 2013 to 1440. With at least 903 citations written this year, citations are possibly on track to once again increase.
NewsChannel 12’s Juliana Valencia started looking into the ‘Move Over’ law when a tow truck operator Ivan Brennan sent a video of him working on the side of the road. In the video most the cars including buses fail to move over a lane.
The 'Move Over' law doesn't only apply to law enforcement. It goes for all emergency and public service vehicles-including tow trucks.
The law states motorists are required to move over one lane, if possible, or reduce speed for stopped emergency and public service vehicles with flashing lights on the shoulder of the highway. Failure to do so could result in a fine up to $500.
NewsChannel 12’s Juliana Valencia went out with two truck driver Derek Smith earlier this month to see if vehicles would move over for him. With heavy traffic during lunch hour near Camp Lejeune's main gate only a couple cars slowed down or moved over.
Sunday, NewsChannel 12’s Juliana Valencia met with another tow truck driver - Mark Kenneth to see if weekend traffic on Western Blvd. would be different.
“I've actually had a vehicle come so close that it made me so uncomfortable to where I actually had to duck and roll under the truck bed,” Kenneth said.
He said people usually aren’t paying attention and wait until the last second to move.
Trooper Oglesby with The Highway Patrol said a big reason people fail to move over is awareness. He said some people don’t know about the law.
Kenneth said he just wants more people to slow down and try to move over.
“We get people from all over the world that are here in Jacksonville. I mean if you don't know what can you do?," Kenneth said.
The ‘Move Over’ law is a little more than a decade old.