Move over, it’s the law!

March 9, 2021

The “Move Over” law in North Carolina requires motorists approaching or passing any public service or utility vehicle that is pulled over and operating a warning signal to reduce speed and move their vehicles into a nearby lane, if possible. This includes electric utility vehicles stopped on roadway shoulders, with amber lights flashing. If the roadway has only one lane for proceeding traffic, or if the approaching vehicle may not change lanes safely, the motorist must slow the vehicle and proceed at a reduced speed. Failure to do so can create a safety hazard for the workers and can result in a $500 fine for the driver of the vehicle.   

Motorists should watch for utility service crews, comply with the law, slow down, and move over for utility service trucks. It could be a matter of life and death!