Beginning on Friday, Arkansas drivers will be required by law to move over for more than police and emergency vehicles.
Drivers are already required to move to the farthest lane possible from emergency vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks and ambulances. If a driver can't move over, he or she must reduce speed and exercise caution.
The new "Move Over" law requires drivers to make way for vehicles owned by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, as well. That includes utility vehicles, tow trucks, or authorized vehicles displaying, blue, red, amber, white, or green lights that are flashing, revolving or rotating.
"The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department started pushing to modify the existing law due to concern over the safety of our workers. We started hearing from other groups like electric utilities and tow truck operators who wanted protection as well. There was obviously a need, and we were happy to include them," says Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett.
Failure to obey the new law will result in a possible $500 fine, jail time, or both. The court may assign community service or even suspend a person's license for up to six months for violation.
According to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation officials the law was approved by lawmakers after much concern for the safety of their workers.