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Old 01-17-2015, 09:57 AM   #1
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Move Over (please)

Here in Arizona it is now a law for traffic to move over (if you can) for any vehicle parked on the shoulder of our highways.

I am a field mechanic for the Arizona Department of Transportation and part of my territory is the stretch of I-10 from the NM border and past Benson Az. I am called out frequently to repair our fleet equipment along this corridor. Most times I am able to get the unit off out of the way but many times I have to work the job right there on the main line.

Yesterday I was repairing a mower tractor at mp 172 and had my service truck parked as far over to the right as I could get it. Had my beacons and 4ways on lit up pretty good. All the truckers were moving over but smaller traffic wasn't so much. There were several large coaches and 5'rs that didn't even budge and I felt they tried to get a little closer than needed.
Got me to thinking about chucking my 3# hammer through the front windshield of the next Berky coming by. Sorry just had to vent.
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Old 01-17-2015, 10:09 AM   #2
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No need to apologize and venting is always better then throwing your #3 hammer
Unfortunately there will always be people who lack any common courtesy and common sense.
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Old 01-17-2015, 10:25 AM   #3
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We have that law here in Minnesota too. It's a good law. But some people are still ignoring it. And, unfortunately, police officers and tow truck drivers are still being hit. It's amazing to me that people will also rear-end a highway patrol car, on the shoulder, with strobe lights blazing away. It happened here just last week. FTLOG!
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I read that sometimes people get a fixation on lites and steer towards them, this could be the cause of some accidents.
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:11 AM   #5
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We have the same law in Virginia & the same issues......... Same with State Troopers on the shoulder with lights on getting hit.........Tow truck operators, VDOT, Construction Workers same issues......... Whether law or not should get over........ I have the same rant.............
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:23 AM   #6
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Unfortunately there will always be people who lack any common courtesy and common sense.
I deal with people like this everyday as I work on the roads here in California and common sense is a big part of it.
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:25 AM   #7
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I drove tractor trailer for UPS and they trained us to always move over for any vehicles on the shoulder as you can never predict what they might do, I carry that over to my own vehicles also. Move over a save a life.
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:30 AM   #8
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I have been doing this job for 24 years and stayed safe so far. Working within 6 feet of high speed traffic you have to think every move before you do it. Always keeping an eye back down the highway helps. But I know workers who have the attitude that their hardhat and reflective vest will keep them safe.
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In many parts of the country shoulders can be either nonexistant or inadequate to get a parked vehicle away from the travel lanes safely. Think about that when your legislators vote on the next highway bill.
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I think the AZ law requires lane change, if safe to do so, or slow down for any vehicle with lights flashing not just any vehicle on side of roadway. Not sure if this includes passenger vehicles with emergency flashers on. I think most states have adopted this procedure in one fashion or another. I believe some require the change for only emergency vehicles (includes police, tow trucks and road service vehicles). In any case, a good idea.
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