BRISTOL, Va. – Virginia's Move Over law will receive additional exposure following a collaboration with one of Southwest Virginia's leading independent grocery stores. Food City representatives revealed they will place 400 "Move Over" decals on the back of the company's distribution tractor-trailers in an effort to heighten awareness about the law. Local VA and TN law enforcement joined members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Virginia State Police for the unveiling Friday, May 13, 2011, at the Interstate 81 Virginia Welcome Center in Bristol.
Almost every state in the nation has some form of a Move Over law.* Virginia's law, established in 2002, mandates as motorists approach emergency vehicles displaying red or blue lights to change lanes away from the vehicle, if safe to do so. If unable to change lanes, the driver should proceed with caution. In 2010, the Commonwealth amended the law to include tow trucks, motorist assist vehicles and highway maintenance vehicles with amber-colored flashing lights.
Move Over laws are designed to protect emergency workers on the nation's highways. Last year, 14 law enforcement officers across the U.S. were struck and killed by a vehicle.** In 2010, three Virginia State Police troopers were struck and injured while conducting a traffic stop.
"First responders know too well the risks of the road and the serious consequences which can occur when a motorist fails to move over," said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "We welcome and appreciate Food City's time and efforts to help get the word out about the Move Over law to their consumers and the public."
Food City's distribution trucks travel more than 8 million miles a year. The "Move Over" decals displayed on the back of the company's trailers are 12 x 14 in size and are replicas of the red "Move Over" decals featured on the back bumper of Virginia State Police patrol cars.
Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, Food City runs 105 retail food stores in Southeast Kentucky, Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The grocery store chain anticipates displaying the Move Over signs on the back of their distribution trucks by the middle of May.
For more information regarding the Move Over law, brochures and public service announcements, visit the Virginia State Police Website at http://www.vsp.virginia.gov.