"Move Over" Law Penalties Toughened In House
The House on Wednesday agreed to increase penalties for drivers who don't slow down or move over for emergency vehicles. Rep. Ray Rapp, D-Haywood, sponsored the bill after two troopers were killed while responding to emergencies in his county. A Haywood County officer was killed when a tractor-trailer crossed onto the shoulder of Interstate 40 as he was writing a ticket. He said that 66 troopers have been injured on North Carolina roads since May 2001. The bill would increase the fine for failing to move over from $100 to $250. Those who cause property damage of $500 or more by failing to move over could face a Class 1 misdemeanor, and those who cause injury or death to an emergency responder could face a Class I felony.