Move Over Law Now Applies To Wreckers

Thursday, November 13th 2008, 10:54 pm
By: News On 6

By Lori Fullbright, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Oklahoma's move over law has been on the books for two years now.  It says if an emergency vehicle is pulled over on the side of the road, you must switch to a lane away from that vehicle.  Lawmakers added something new to that law and it went into effect two weeks ago.  The law now says you must not only move over for fire trucks, ambulances and police cars, but also wreckers.

Law enforcement says the grace period for the measure is now over.

"Now, we're taking a no tolerance stance. Law is out and on the books a couple of years. People should know that it is dangerous and against the law.  We're going to write those tickets," said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. George Brown.

Distracted, on the phone, not paying attention, none of those excuses will work if an emergency vehicle or wrecker is on the roadway.

If traffic is jammed up and you absolutely cannot get over, you must slow way down when passing an emergency vehicle or wrecker.

The ticket for not moving over is $206.