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AAA: October 15th is Slow Down, Move Over Day in Nebraska

One Life is Too Many, Move Over for Me

Nebraska Governor, Jim Pillen, signed a proclamation on October 6, declaring Sunday, October 15, 2023 "Slow Down, Move Over" day across the state.

AAA - The Auto Club Group worked with community partners and the Office of the Governor on a proclamation to promote the protection of all motorists on the roadside in order to strengthen the existing "Slow Down, Move Over" law, Statute 61-6,378

"While all 50 states have a Slow Down, Move Over law, nearly a quarter of motorists don't know these laws exist or how they vary from state to state," explains Brian Ortner with AAA Nebraska. "This proclamation helps bring awareness that motorists can help those outside disabled vehicles stay safe by moving over and slowing down for every vehicle that is on the roadside." slow down move over factsheet.pdf (aaa.com)

Nebraska's current law protects roadside workers and their vehicles including first responders, tow trucks, and utility vehicles, but does not yet cover municipal vehicles, road maintenance or disabled vehicles. Research shows that nearly 350 people are struck and killed every year while outside a disabled vehicle on the roadside in the United States from 2016-2020, In Nebraska an average of 8 people are killed.

To protect emergency responders, AAA and other traffic safety advocates have led the way in getting Move Over laws passed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This year, we will be working to add Nebraska to the list of the 9 others states that now have comprehensive slow down move over laws. Those states amended or added to their current statutes in 2023. A change in Nebraska would be an amendment to current law. The AAA Move Over for Me campaign, launched in October 2022, is a way to remind drivers of the importance of paying attention, slowing down, and moving over when they see others at the side of the road working or stranded with a disabled vehicle. Slow Down, Move Over: Roadside Worker Safety Matters | AAA

AAA's tips to protect roadside workers and stranded motorists:

For Drivers:

  • Remain alert. Avoid distractions and focus on driving.
  • Keep an eye out for emergency vehicles – including tow trucks – that have their lights on as well as cars that have their flashers on. Move over one lane when you see them and if you can't move over, slow down to safely pass them.
  • Be a good passenger. Help identify roadway issues and remind the driver to slow down and move over.
  • Watch for people on the roadside. People may be in or near a disabled vehicle. Just because you don't immediately see them doesn't mean they aren't there.

For Stranded Motorists:

  • Pull as far over on the shoulder as safely possible to create more distance between your vehicle and passing traffic.
  • Turn your hazard lights on so other drivers are aware you are there.
  • If you are able to safely make it to the next exit or stopping point, do so.
  • Call for assistance via phone, website or the AAA Mobile app.
  • Remain with your vehicle as long as it's safe to do so.
  • If getting out of your vehicle, watch the oncoming traffic for a good time to exit, and remain alert and close to your vehicle. Avoid turning your back to traffic whenever possible.

About AAA - The Auto Club Group

The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America with more than 13 million members across 14 U.S. states, the province of Quebec and two U.S. territories. ACG and its affiliates provide members with roadside assistance, insurance products, banking and financial services, travel offerings and more. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 64 million members in the United States and Canada. AAA's mission is to protect and advance freedom of mobility and improve traffic safety. For more information, get the AAA Mobile app, visit AAA.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.