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AAA Launches “Move Over for Me” Campaign

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AAA has launched a “Move Over for Me” campaign. It’s aimed at protecting drivers on the roadside.

AAA says it hopes to increase awareness of existing Move Over laws with its “Move Over for Me” campaign that kicked off this month.

A press release reveals that a new survey by AAA finds that 97% of motorists are concerned about vehicles passing at high speeds when they are stopped on the side of the road.

AAA says it has long been an advocate for “Move Over” laws, requiring drivers to slow down and move over for emergency responders on the roadside, yet there continues to be an alarming number of fatalities. Nationally, nearly 350 people are struck and killed outside a disabled vehicle each year, and roughly a quarter of motorists don’t know that Slow Down, Move Over laws exist in their state. AAA - The Auto Club Group hopes to broaden the law and educational efforts with its new “Move Over for Me” campaign that asks drivers to move over for all motorists stuck on the roadside as well as first responders.

Scott VerBracken, Vice President of Automotive Services for AAA – the Auto Club Group says, quote, “For years, Slow Down, Move Over efforts have focused on emergency responders, and it’s critical that we continue to protect these individuals who come to the aid of motorists,” he adds, “But as motorists get flat tires, break down, run out of gas, or find themselves otherwise in trouble at the roadside, they also face the dangerous elements of high-speed traffic and need the same protection.” End quote.

AAA has some tips to help protect roadside workers and stranded motorists, which include, for drivers to remain alert-avoid distractions and focus on driving, keep an eye out for emergency vehicles. For stranded motorists, they say pull as far over on the should as safely possible, turn your hazards on and call for assistance. You can find more information at AAA.com

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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