A number of Americans will be traveling during this long Memorial Day Weekend. If you are one of them, don’t forget to buckle up before taking to the highway.
Putting on a seat belt is something drivers and passengers should do whenever they are in a moving vehicle. We remind motorists who routinely violate the state’s seat belt law that failing to obey the rules of the road could earn you a ticket.
Tennessee has embarked on an aggressive public awareness campaign to encourage drivers and passengers to buckle up. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign involves checkpoints, patrols and public service announcements to help enforce seat belt laws.
And be advised — Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers and other law enforcement officials will be out in force this holiday weekend looking for motorists who aren’t buckled up.
There is another motor vehicle law that drivers should pay special heed. If you see a police, emergency service or utility vehicle by the side of the road — move over. As Press Senior Reporter Becky Campbell noted in a recent story, Tennessee’s move over law requires motorists to slow down and use caution when they approach work zones, accident scenes and other areas where public safety officers or utility workers are present. Drivers are expected to move to the left lane or slow down when they spot public safety vehicles parked in the emergency lanes of interstates and dual-lane highways.
Drivers who fail to yield can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined $50.
When the law went into effect in 2006, Tennessee became the 30th state to establish a safety zone to protect troopers, firefighters and other rescue personnel. Since that time, officials with the THP and Tennessee Department of Transportation have coordinated a public awareness campaign to educate motorists about the move over law.
As some local law enforcement officers told Campbell, too many drivers are still not aware of their responsibilities under the move over law. The law, however, is quite simple: Slow down and move to the left lane when you can do so safely.