Motorists should move out of the right-hand lane — or slow down, if they cannot move over — when authorities are stopped and working in the shoulder, Georgia officials reminded drivers.
“The bottom line is that moving over or slowing down for emergency vehicles is the law,” Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) Director Harris Blackwood said in a news release. “It’s not a suggestion and disobeying it will cost you three points on your license and a fine up to $500.”
State officials issued the reminder after three Atlanta-area police officers were hit by passing motorists during a recent four-day period.
Henry County Police Officer Elgin Daniel was killed Nov. 12 by a hit-and-run driver. The driver has since been identified and charged.
“For the safety of everyone – first responders, other drivers, victims and towing personnel – drivers should remain alert while driving and move over when approaching a flashing emergency light,” Col. Mark W. McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said in a statement. “If you can’t move over, then slow down well below the posted speed limit and be prepared for a sudden stop.”