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WCSO Reminding Community to Move Over for First Responders

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, January 23, 2023 7:56 am

RENO, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents of Northern Nevada to move over for first responders since January is Move Over Month.

In 2003, laws mandating drivers to yield to emergency vehicles come into effect. Since then, the scope of this statute has been extended to include accidents, roadside debris, NDOT vehicles, tow trucks, postal couriers, and pretty much everyone else who has pulled over.

Sometimes it may be impossible to move over due to heavy traffic or terrible weather. In that case, deputies advise driving more slowly.

“If you cannot safely move over to the lane next to you or further from the accident scene, just reduce your speed,” said Sergeant Kristin Vietti with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. “Be attentive, pay attention to what’s going on in the area, and just be really cautious as you travel through these areas.”

According to Sergeant Vietti, the law makes it safer for everyone to work on the side of the road and makes it easier for them to do so.

“Nobody wants to get struck by a vehicle and cars do move really quick and sometimes that’s only a two to three foot distance between a vehicle coming by you on the side and you may be standing there right on the side of the road. So for anybody, in that circumstance, it’s scary and unsafe for everybody.”

Moving over is especially more crucial due to the recent weather, since ice is a major issue.

The Move Over Law is covered in greater detail here.

Credits: KOLO TV

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