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Opening Arguments

Move it or slow down

A good change in the law:

Indiana State Police is spreading the word about two changes to Indiana's Move Over Law that took effect July 1.

Motorists must reduce their vehicle's speed 10 miles per hour under the posted speed limit if they cannot move to an adjacent lane safely. The updated law now also includes utility service vehicles.

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Motorists must change lanes away from the emergency vehicle if they can do so safely. If not, they must reduce their speed 10 mph under the posted speed limit and proceed with caution. Drivers should not stop in the roadway, as this could cause a chain reaction rear-end collision with other vehicles.

The problem I had occasionally with the Move Over Law was the inability to change into another lane because another driver was already there, occupying the space I needed for moving over, oblivious to everything around them. Drivers who cruise along in the passing lane are always annoying, but in these cases they've been dangerous, too.