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CHANGE TO MOVE OVER LAW IN TENNESSEE GOES INTO EFFECT JULY 1

A change to an important Tennessee law is going into effect this weekend before the busy travel holiday. Currently, the law requires drivers to move over when they see emergency lights like red lights on a fire truck, blue lights for a police officer or orange lights on a Tennessee Department of Transportation truck. Starting on July 1, 2017 drivers will have to move over for anyone with their hazard lights on, including regular drivers on the side of the roadway. Tennessee became the 30th state in the country to adopt a Move Over law several years ago. The maximum fine for violating the law is $500 or 30 days in jail.

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11 Responses

  1. Bobbie

    In California we ALWAYS DID THIS…. So All the years Ive been here (17 now)it just amazed me how I would move to the side and people would fly by me because the ambulance was going the other direction… It doesn’t work that way people!! Or they just slow down… I guess they need to have an officer following the fire truck, ambulance or any other vehicle with lights flashing to give the fine…. I hope people begin to do this..

  2. judy and sam

    i usually do this now but we tend to forget at times i suppose i think it is a good law though i do wish the hospitals were better though and treat their patients better for my husband was in the hospital for a knee surgery and i mean complete and they were mean to him the nurses that is they even slammed the end of the bed down on him and he had surgery on his foot not long ago they screamed at him and laughed at him and told him he never fell when he did talked to him as if he were a dog and gave him the wrong meds and when we told him the meds were wrong they told us they weren’t and then there is more but i do believe something must be done about this hospital which was blount county hospital in maryville tennessee god help us all if all of the hospitals are going to be this way when we get sick

  3. Julie

    The problem with these laws are when vehicles are in the passing lane and everyone is running bumper to bumper and they won’t let you over. They don’t care or they don’t pay attention. I always move over and completely understand and agree with the law but sometimes you have to practically get into an accident to get over.

    1. Dennis

      In kentucky they require you by law to move over or at least slow down. I know slowing down may make other drivers pissed or even cause an accident but if you even make an attempt to do either they won’t say much.

  4. Ken Scott

    I have been a victim of the pull over law. About a year ago I was beside an 18 wheeler when the driver I am guessing came up on a vehicle sitting on the shoulder. Without looking or not caring ran me off I 40 going east. If there had been a guard rail my wife my grand daughter and would have killed because a driver for the Hub Group was very careless. I believe in the intent of the law but not at the expense of other drivers.

  5. Geremy

    Might as well just make every 2 Lane road a 1 lane road. Traffic is bad enough in some places.

    Why don’t they make it mandatory to have every car pass an inspection ever few month to update it’s road worthiness. A decal you have to post on your car. Without it u can’t drive on public roads or your fined.

  6. Stacey

    Cops can’t be everywhere at once. Citizens need to do their part in reporting these violations. Report where, when, make and model of violator vehicle,the tag numbet and be willing to sign the report. Have your friends or family in the car with you (assuming you’re driving), take video or photos of the vehicle you’re reporting making sure to get the tag number. Be part of the solution. Just make sure you’re safely reporting the incident. Meaning, don’t follow or chase anyone down and make sure you’re not endangering yourself or others by using your phone as you drive,to report it. Pull over.

  7. CHRIS

    I THINK THE LAW SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE, IF YOU CAN NOT MOVE OVER SLOW DOWN ENOUGH TO PREVENT ANYTHING FROM HAPPENING, PASS THE VEHICLES THEN PICKUP YOUR PACE,