Okla. law aims at protecting tow truck drivers PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 November 2008 21:34

• Daily Leader staff report

Under a new Oklahoma law, motorists must move over and around emergency response vehicles and personnel. If there is not another lane to pull into, drivers must slow down substantially to pass emergency vehicles that have their emergency lights flashing.

The law has included wreckers who are on the scene removing damaged vehicles or property. According to a recent article in The Daily Oklahoman, 168 wrecker personnel were killed nationwide last year.

The new law was adopted to protect wrecker drivers and their personnel.

The new law went into effect Nov. 1, and drivers failing to “Move Over” or slow down will face a fine of $206.

The new law is as follows:

Oklahoma Statutes

Title 47. Motor Vehicles

Chapter 11 – Rules of the Road

Motor vehicle approaching a stationary emergency vehicle A. The driver of a motor vehicle, upon approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, wrecker, or tow vehicle that is displaying a flashing combination red or blue light or any combination of red or blue lights, shall:

1. If traveling on a highway that consists of two or more lanes that carry traffic in the same direction of travel as that of the driver, the driver shall proceed with due caution and shall, if possible and with due regard to the road, weather, and traffic conditions, change lanes into a lane that is not adjacent to the stationary authorized emergency vehicle, wrecker, or tow vehicle; or if the driver is not able to change lanes or if to do so would be unsafe, the driver shall proceed with due caution and reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a safe speed for the existing road, weather, and traffic conditions; and 2. If traveling on a highway other than a highway described in paragraph 1 of this subsection, the driver shall proceed with due caution and reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a safe speed for the existing road, weather, and traffic conditions.

B. This section does not relieve the operator of a stationary authorized emergency vehicle, wrecker, or tow vehicle from the consequences of reckless disregard for the safety of all persons and property upon the highway.

 

 

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