Less than 24 hours after King George County Sheriff’s Office posted a video on Youtube outlining the dangerous statistics of distracted driving and months of legislation to impose stricter punishment for those who violate the “Move Over Law” a Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy was struck while assisting a wrecker driver loading another vehicle.
The Move Over Law is identified as Virginia Code § 46.2-921.1 – Drivers to yield right-of-way or reduce speed when approaching stationary emergency vehicles on highways; penalties.
The Move Over Law requires, The driver of any motor vehicle, upon approaching a stationary vehicle that is displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating blue, red, or amber light or lights to move over if there is another lane moving in the same direction and it is safe to do so or to slow down when lane change is not possible. (Full Original Text Below)
According to a VSP press release:
“On August 6, 2019 (Tuesday) at approximately, 2:15 a.m., the Virginia State Police responded to a single vehicle crash involving a Richmond County Deputy being struck [on] westbound Route 3, west of Route 642.”