Mary Alice Reporting – 

Agencies are recognizing Move-Over Day, which is today, as a reminder to Ohio drivers to move over and slow down for any vehicle with flashing lights parked on the roadside.

According to a new crash analysis from ODOT, 546 crashes have occurred so far in 2021 when drivers failed to move over or slow down for a stationary vehicle with flashing lights. This has caused 21 deaths and 59 serious injuries. 

Ohio’s law requires all drivers to move over and slow down for any vehicle parked on the side of the road with flashing lights, no matter the color of the lights or the number of lanes.

Between 2015 and 2020 a total of 5,561 move over-related crashes occurred in Ohio.

Those who do not comply with Ohio’s Move Over Law are subject to charges and fines. The law is strictly enforced. In fact, in 2020, the Ohio State Highway Patrol issued 7,829 citations for those failing to move over or slow down. So far this year, there have been 3,576 citations issued.

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