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MoDOT reminds drivers to 'Move Over'

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The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has declared November 13-19 Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week.

MoDOT wants to remind motorists to move over for any vehicle with flashing lights on the highway.

According to MoDOT, in an average month, emergency crews respond to 5,000 traffic incidents.

MoDOT Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger is urging drivers to practice safe driving when going through MoDOT construction zones and areas on the highway where accidents have occurred.

“MoDOT and its partners in law enforcement, fire, EMS and the towing industry work together to clear incidents but we need the help of the motorists,” said Hassinger. “Move over when you see responders on the road and give them extra space to work.”

MoDOT is also stressing that these are not just helpful tips; it’s the law.

Missouri’s Move Over law requires drivers to change lanes when approaching MoDOT, law enforcement vehicles and any other emergency vehicles with lights flashing. If you cannot change lanes safely, drivers must slow down as they pass emergency vehicles.

“We’ve got your back,” said Hassinger. “Do you have ours?”
For more information on the Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week, please visit the national website or visit MoDOT’s website.

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