Hattiesburg officials want drivers to move over

By: Karrie Leggett

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Local law enforcement wants citizens to get out of the way of emergency vehicles.

Hattiesburg Public Affairs Officer Corporal Todd Miller says the "Move Over" Law is for law enforcement and the public to adhere to.

"If you are on a four lane highway and there is emergency personnel with any kind of flashing lights or something, and they are using it during the time of their duty, you (driver) are suppose to mover over to the next lane. The law isn't just for road crews and law enforcement, it needs to be used by the public, "said Miller.

The "Move Over" Law, which became a close call on I-59, Friday night, when a driver did not move over into the next lane. The driver struck a man while he was changing a tire. The man only had minor injuries, but the scene could have been much worse.

Drivers should turn on their signal lights no less than 40 to 50 feet, as a general rule,  from the stooped vehicle on the side of the road.

"There many be drivers who can not perform the small maneuver of moving over, but the consequences are not small. The driver is looking at a 200 plus fine and some kind of charges could be filed," said Miller.

Corporal Miller says this may be a law but really it is just common courtesy.

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