NJ’s ‘Move Over’ Law Gets Stricter Penalty
I'd like to assume that you already know about NJ's "Move Over" law, but based on the staggering number of cars I see not obeying it, let me explain.
When you see flashing lights on the side of the road, MOVE OVER. Slow down and SAFELY merge into the next lane until you're clear of whatever emergency vehicles are there. This includes police, ambulance, fire, and service vehicles.
When the law was first adopted, it carried a fine between $100 and $500. Now, the State Assembly unanimously voted 73-0 to approve a bill that would hit drivers with two motor vehicle points for a third violation, in addition to those fines.
I drive the Parkway every day, and it's stunning how many drivers are oblivious to the world around them, and will just zip past a cop on the side of the road. If people want to argue that it's more dangerous to have drivers weaving between lanes, then maybe that sort of driver shouldn't have a license to begin with. Flashing lights are not hard to notice, and if it's not safe to immediately merge into the next lane, it's always safe to just slow down a bit as you pass the accident or the person getting a ticket or whatever is on the side of the road. Don't be a jerk, don't whine about it, just MOVE THE EFF OVER.
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