Jones County stressing the importance of 'Move Over Law'

Jones County stressing the importance of 'Move Over Law'
Officials stressing "Move over Law". Photo Credit WDAM

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - It is a law that not many people are familiar with. The "Move over law" went into effect nearly 10 years ago, with the intent of protecting emergency personnel on the roadways.

Jones County reported an "epidemic" in December 2016 of personal vehicles not yielding to emergency vehicles.

"Keep in mind that those emergency vehicles may be responding to your home or the scene of a loved one that was involved in a vehicle accident," Jones County Fire PIO Caleb Worrell said.

But, it may not always be possible to yield to emergency vehicles.

"If you are in an area where yielding would create a dangerous situation for the passing emergency vehicles, indicate your intent to yield at a safer location by putting on your blinker or emergency lights, and then yield when the location is both safe for you, the emergency vehicles, and other motorists," Worrell said.

For the fire department, a driver failing to yield to an emergency vehicle could be the difference in saving a life.

"A fire will double in size every minute it's burning, so if we can get there and save a minute getting there by not having to slow down for people that refuse to yield the right away, we can save people's property," Jones county fire coordinator Dan McKenna said. "It may even be the property of the person impeding us."