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Friday, June 03, 2005

"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.

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