Police remind drivers to ‘Move Over’ this Memorial Day weekend — and everyday


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police across Hampton Roads are reminding drivers this holiday weekend to buckle up and move over for first responders, construction crews and tow trucks. 

The Move Over law in Virginia requires drivers to leave a lane for emergency vehicles or slow down. 

“If it’s safe to make the lane change, make a lane change and just get over,” said Josh Sutton, a traffic officer for the Norfolk Police Department. “I want to go home at the end of the night.”

Virginia State Police say 100 law enforcement officers have died in the past decade from getting hit by drivers. 

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, Newport News Police Department and other agencies are participating in a “blitz” along Route 60 to not only catch ‘Move Over’ violators but also people not wearing their seatbelts.

AAA Tidewater says with 42 million people expected to travel this weekend, it’ll be the busiest Memorial Day Weekend in 12 years. 

Georjeane Blumling says young drivers, especially males 18-30, are more resistant to wearing their seatbelts

“There’s some folks who drive vehicles that think they are strong enough [and they are a] good enough driver that they don’t need a seatbelt. What we always tell them is it may not be your driving that causes the crash, it could be someone else’s.”

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