We need to get better at moving over on roads

Recently, the Ohio State Highway Patrol urged motorists to keep everyone safe by moving over when there is a stationary public safety vehicle, emergency vehicle, road service or highway maintenance vehicle on the side of the road.

From 2016-20, OSHP cruisers were involved in 56 crashes that were “move over” related, resulting in 1 death and 52 injuries. While alcohol or drugs were a factor in 25% of these crashes, and 52% involved wet, snow-covered or icy roads, that still leaves 23% in which drivers were simply not paying attention. We have to do better.

It is the law to move over when there is a stationary vehicle on the side of the highway. If not possible due to traffic, weather conditions or because there is no second lane, drivers must slow down. Every licensed Ohio driver had to pass a test for which they were taught as much. It isn’t a lack of knowledge, it is distraction and apathy leading to these incidents.

In the years studied, males received 59% of citations, and 35% took place between June and August. That means we are in the prime time for some very preventable incidents.

Work zones, too, should prompt motorists to slow down and maybe even move over.

We all must be more courteous and less distracted while driving, never forgetting we have our own safety, our families, and the safety of others on the road in our hands.

We know better. We just need to do better.


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