KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is warning drivers to move over and slow down. This comes after someone hit another TDOT truck. This is the fourth time this month one of TDOT’s trucks has been hit.
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The TDOT truck driver was pulling up to assist with a disabled vehicle on the side of the road when they were hit from behind by a car driving on the shoulder. The TDOT driver is being evaluated for injuries.
“The Tennessee law states to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles and it’s just not always happening,” said David McDonald, a TDOT truck driver.
McDonald has been responding to calls on the side of highways with TDOT for six years. He is urging people to slow down and pay attention.
“People just tend to run a little too fast. There’s a lot of distractions. You still see people not using hands-free devices,” McDonald said.
Since 2006, Tennessee’s “Move Over Law” states anyone who sees an emergency vehicle on the side of the road must move over to give it a lane of space. Even nearly 20 years later, TDOT is still reminding people.
“If you can, move over. If not, slow down, so we can work safely and we can all go home at the end of the day,” McDonald said.
Breaking the law comes with big penalties: up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
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