Michigan expanded its “Move Over Law.”
Now, it includes more vehicles for drivers to steer clear of.
Governor Rick Snyder signed this bill Thursday.
It includes vehicles such as tow and garbage trucks, as well as utility vehicles with flashing lights.
“You’re thinking about ‘oh man I’ve got 10 minutes to get to work’, you’re not thinking about the guys life on the side of the road, “ said Matt Reinertson, owner of Beeman’s Towing.
Reinertson says towing cars is more dangerous than it may seem.
It becomes especially dangerous when cars don’t move over when he and his crews are out working.
“If we see someone coming and it’s too close, we’ll stop what we’re doing and go on the other side of the truck,” said Reinertson.
For Reinertson and his crews, that could often mean it takes longer for them to get their job done.
“We get done quicker when people are out of the way and we don’t have to stop and keep watching for our safety as much,” said Reinertson.
People like Reinertson are pleased that Michigan now includes drivers like them in a law that requires cars and trucks to be more aware when they see those flashing lights.
Cars are required to move over a lane and slow down ten miles per hour less than the posted speed limit.
The updated law will however exempt some people from slowing down.
“If there’s a utility vehicle or a police vehicle along the side freeway in the northbound lanes, the southbound lane, as long as there’s a division between the two, doesn’t necessarily have to adhere to that slow down law,” said Lt. Travis House from the Michigan State Police.
The overall goal is simple to keep everyone safe.
“Everybody’s out there to serve the community and do their part to help people and you don’t want to see anyone get hurt while they’re in the process of doing that,” said Reinertson.