Washington, DC (PressExposure) March 26, 2009 -- The Towing and Recovery Association of America would like to acknowledge the state police, Massachusetts highway officials, representatives of road workers and AAA Southern New England who recently announced the âSlow Down, Move Overâ law that took effect in Massachusetts on Sunday.
The law calls for drivers who are approaching an emergency assistance situation to vacate the lane closest to the emergency whenever possible or slow down to a reasonable rate of speed, Mary Maguire, director of public and legislative affairs for AAA Southern New England, said in a press release. The law will include tow trucks as emergency vehicles.
Each year, as many as 100 police officers, emergency roadside assistance personnel and tow truck drivers are killed or injured by speeding vehicles nationwide, she said.
âWriting tickets is not the objective,â Maguire said. âThe goal is to communicate to motorists the importance of providing basic driving courtesy to first responders and roadside workers, a courtesy that is too often overlooked.â
At present, 45 states have âSlow Down, Move Overâ statutes, including a recently adopted law in Rhode Island.
Violation of this new law in Massachusetts will result in a fine of not more than $100, which is a non-surchargeable offense, she said.
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