Move Over For ALL Stopped Vehicles

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Unfortunately yesterday on i80 in des moines a man lost his life. His vehicle was in the breakdown lane and he got out of the vehicle as a truck passed him. This driver now has to deal with knowing he killed this guy although it clearly wasn't intentional. One thing I was taught early on is the law says move over for emergency and maintenance vehicles on the shoulder. I was then told that always move over (if safe to) for ALL vehicles on the side of the road. You never know if there's anybody in that vehicle that may get out like this incident. Ive been on the side of the road broken down and its F'ing terrifying to have someone blow past you doing 70 mph. Could also be somebody dealing with a mental health crisis that is looking to end their own life. I honestly dont think I'd be able to continue driving if something like that happened to me.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jamie's Comment
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I've been broke down on the side of the road for one reason or another and most people do get over when possible but usually there are trucks and cars that won't get over, I had one car not get over although there was no one else around us, and he was probably only a foot or less away from hitting me as I didn't realize it at first since I was checking something out on my driver side. Even had my safety vest on.

Uncle Buck's Comment
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I heard about this horrible incident yesterday as well. FYI Iowa changed the law last year to include any vehicle with flashers on. Should be common sense but we need a law for the people who don’t have any.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Coming back from NC / KY to WI with my new (to me) 38' Class A motorhome, I had a driver's steer tire blow.

NO ONE was moving over, even though the tow truck was parked at an angle behind me (on right shoulder), almost onto the roadway with his many moving amber lights going!

As we were trying to change the tire as truck roared by... I realized that when I bought my 1995 Newmar, I also got a full 4-watt Cobra 29LTD.I I asked if he thought the truckers would move over if I asked them nicely. He said he didn't think it would hurt to try!

He was, however, pretty amazed when one-by-one they all started to signal, move over, and give us a really wide berth.

Not sure why I had to ask, but I'm sure glad I did!

RealDiehl's Comment
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It always startles me when cars suddenly appear on the shoulder at night with no lights on. Very difficult to see. But I do move over for everything I can see.

Navypoppop's Comment
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As stated, everyone should move over 1 lane if safe for any vehicle on the breakdown lane [shoulder] or reduce their speed. All states should modify their laws to reflect this as any life is worth saving and it could just be an open door causing another horrific accident.

Big T's Comment
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Several states are starting to change the law to include any vehicle with flashers on. I think Oregon was the latest state.

As stated, everyone should move over 1 lane if safe for any vehicle on the breakdown lane [shoulder] or reduce their speed. All states should modify their laws to reflect this as any life is worth saving and it could just be an open door causing another horrific accident.

Solo's Comment
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I hate being pinched against another vehicle in the hammer lane when I try to move over a lane, but can't. I'm already "slow down" since I can't run the speed limit anyway, so I at least hug the center line.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I hate being pinched against another vehicle in the hammer lane when I try to move over a lane, but can't. I'm already "slow down" since I can't run the speed limit anyway, so I at least hug the center line.

Yeah it is amazing when you signal a good quarter to a third of a mile to get over and those SOB's in the Hammer Lane will not give you the courtesy. I too have had to hug the Centerline many times. I was outside of Kingman Arizona today and a cop was sitting in the median I was in the right lane and this little car in the Hammer Lane ahead of me obviously got confused. They started breaking and all of a sudden pulled in front of my truck I had to slam on the brakes. All I could think of was they were confused about pulling over... You don't have to do that when you see a cop in the median. If the cop was paying attention there is no way the officer didn't see what happened. I kept looking in my mirror to see if the cop was going to pull out and go after this idiot.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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