Starting July 1 this year, travelers using Wyoming's highways must "move over" for maintenance, construction, and utilities workers in addition to emergency responders such as the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
This recent addition to Wyoming's "move over" law means when a construction, maintenance or utility vehicle is stopped on a road with two or more lanes in the same direction, motorists must move to the farthest lane away from the stopped vehicle. Also, on a two-lane road where speeds are 45 mph or greater, motorists must slow down to 20 mph below the posted speed limit.
Fines for failure to "move over" can top $235, noted the Wyoming Department of Transportation. WYDOT added that it is also currently making new highway signs as a way to help "educate the public" regarding the upgraded move-over rules.
"The Move Over bill is an important piece of legislation that will help protect our maintenance, construction and utility crews that work alongside Wyoming's highways," noted Gregg Fredrick, WYDOT chief engineer, in a statement. "This will help to provide a safe place to work so that they can return home to their families every day."
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