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Opening Arguments

Slow down or move over


Indianapolis -- On June 25th, personnel assigned to the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division working with troopers assigned to the Indianapolis district will be focusing their efforts on enforcing the Indiana Move Over Law for commercial motor vehicles.

The move over law was enacted by the Indiana General Assembly in response to accidents involving law enforcement officers being struck who had violators stopped along side Indiana roadways. Under Indiana law, a motorist must move over safely or slow down to a safe speed when passing an emergency vehicle that is present along side the roadway.

One of the most annoying -- and dangerous -- situations is caused by people already in the passing lane who come upon a pullover. If they're next to me and don't speed up or slow down to let me in the passing lane, I have no choice but to slow down instead of trying to move over. It's always a tricky judgment call, and a couple of those clowns have gotten me pretty close to road rage.

Pay attention, people.


Bob G.
Thu, 06/26/2008 - 7:48am

Back in the day, dmy Dad used to liken driving to "A second job"...and he treated it as such (he was damn good at his FIRST job, if that's any indicator).
So I ascribed to that notion.

Just goes to show you that TODAY...we MUST have a lot of "unemployed" people on our roads...

(I love allegories)



Carolyn Riegle
Mon, 05/18/2009 - 9:18pm

This is a comment on the Move Over Law. One year ago, May of 2008, our grandson was killed in Clinton County on Highway 28 east of Frankfort, his name was Bryan Osbon. Bryan worked for the City Light & Power Company here in Frankfort. Everything was set up ---the caution sign was out, the cones, the flagman. A lady ignored all warnings almost ran over the flagman trying to stop her, and she ran into our grandson at 55 miles per hour. She never attempted to slow down. He was standing at the back of the Utility Truck putting up equipment. After the accident it was discussed if she could be arrested for the Move Over Law. We found out that Utility workers are not covered under the Move Over Law. That became our goal to have them included in the Law. We contacted the House of Representatives and our District Representative at that time was Heath VanNatter from Kokomo. He drafted up a bill to be introduced at the next session. In November Jacque Clements was elected our Representative and she started helping us. Rep. Clements introduced the bill to the House and it went to the Roads and Transportation Committee. Myself and our daughter, Bryan's mother, testified along with a lady from Duke Energy and a lady that lobbies for Municipal Companies. The committee passed the bill and it was sent to the House, where it was voted Yes-92--NO-O. We were so pleased at this time. It then went to the Senate and was to go to the Homeland Security & Transportation Veterans Affairs Committee. However, Senator Wyss of Allen County killed the bill--never introduced it or let the committee discuss it. I immediately called his office and my daughter has also. He has never returned a call as to why he did this. I did receive a call from another Senator on the Committee and was told yes Senator Wyss and Senator Wyss alone killed the bill, he said Senator Wyss said it was too difficult issue to enforce right now--whatever that means. I cannot figure out what he knew that 92 Representatives did not know and if the bill needed to be changed or modified that could of been done and still voted on. However, right now it will be another year before we can have a bill introduced, so therefore it is another year the Utility workers will not be covered under this law.
This was a bill the would not cost the State anything and would be another safety factor.
Thank you for reading this and passing the information along to the Utility Workers of Fort Wayne---where Senator Wyss is from.