Reform to Arkansas’s “Move Over” Law Protects Worker Safety
August 19, 2013
One of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities among highway construction workers is collisions with motor vehicles. To help reduce the number of these Arkansas Car Accidents, state legislators have adopted a new law aimed at protecting highway workers’ rights to a safe work environment.
According to The Trucker, House Bill 1750 was recently passed and states that all motorists must now move one lane away from not only all emergency vehicles stopped along the highway with their lights activated, but also for all vehicles owned by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department and their contractors. Enforcement of the new law began by agencies across the state this past Friday, August 16th, 2013.
If one of these vehicles is stopped along a two-lane road, the motorist should slow down significantly while passing the vehicle without crossing the median. Failure to comply with the new law may result in any combination of a $500 fine, time in jail, community service, or a license suspension for up to six months.
In the past, similar laws have been effective in reducing accident numbers in other areas of the country.
The Little Rock Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton applaud the efforts being made to protect the safety of highway workers and are hopeful the law is successful in reducing accident numbers.