The Importance of Traffic Laws
Protecting the safety of all motorists on Virginia’s highways and roads is a top priority for a majority of the commonwealth’s citizens and legislators. One way we achieve this goal is through the passing and enforcement of strict laws that govern the operation of motor vehicles.
Our Roanoke car accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm explain several new traffic laws went into effect on July 1. That’s why we’re providing you with the details you need to know about these new rules.
Move Over Laws
Reports from WDBJ 7 News indicate that one of the new regulations creates a “Mover Over” law. This means traffic must move at least one lane away from any stopped emergency vehicle that has its emergency lights activated. If a driver is unable to move over, they must slow down and use caution when passing the emergency vehicle.
Drivers must also slow down to at least 10 mph below the posted speed limit and allow at least two feet of space when passing a garbage collection truck. Motorists are also now allowed to cross double yellow lines on the road when passing a cyclist or pedestrian in order to allow those individuals plenty of room.
These rules could potentially save a number of lives and our Roanoke personal injury lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm encourage you to do your part to keep our highways safe by always allowing stopped and slower traffic plenty of space when passing.