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"Move Over Law" expands to support utility workers

The new "Mover Over Law" now includes utility workers. (Source:WALB) The new "Mover Over Law" now includes utility workers. (Source:WALB)
Governor Nathan Deal signed the expansion today. (Source:WALB) Governor Nathan Deal signed the expansion today. (Source:WALB)
Jay Smith, Georgia Power Albany Area Manager (Source:WALB) Jay Smith, Georgia Power Albany Area Manager (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Next time you see a utility crew working on the side of a road, legally you have to move over as you drive by.

Tuesday, Governor Nathan Deal signed an expansion of the state's "Move Over Law."
It already protected first responders.
Now, it includes utility crews.
Georgia Power officials appreciate the effort to protect lineman they say are committed to keeping your lights on 24/7.

"Which means that we have people out there all times of the day or night in all kinds of weather and what this does is just add some measure of protection that they can have so the vehicles will move over and give them a safety zone to work in,” said Jay Smith, Georgia Power Area Manager in Albany.

The law says you have to move over a lane when you pass emergency or utility vehicles.
If you can't safely do that you have to slow down to a safe speed.  

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