July marks the first time that drivers in Nevada have been required to give wide berth to Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) workers, thanks to the “Move Over” Law that took effect on July 1.
The Move Over Law previously required drivers to slow down, proceed with caution and, when possible, move to the far lane whenever approaching official emergency vehicles displaying flashing amber lights. Now the law has been updated to include NDOT vehicles that are stopped on the side of the road and displaying flashing amber or non-flashing blue lights.
The law comes at a time – summer -- when many road construction projects are in full swing. Here are tips to help motorists safely navigate these hazardous areas:
• When approaching a road construction zone, always slow down, even if there are no road signs instructing you to do so. Once within a construction zone, try to maintain a speed consistent with the traffic flow; always follow posted speed limits, adjusting your speed further for adverse weather conditions.
• Always leave adequate braking room between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Count out at least two seconds from the time the car ahead of you passes an object and the time your own car passes that same object. Also keep a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic barriers, trucks, equipment, and construction workers.
• Many drivers stress out when driving through construction zones, especially if they’re in a hurry and haven’t allowed extra time to arrive at their destination. Always try to remain calm, don’t rush, do not use your cell phone, pay attention to the road, and watch for stopped work vehicles
Twenty-four NDOT employees have lost their lives in the line of work since 1948; the last fatality was in March 2015.
Source: Reno Legal Examiner http://reno.legalexaminer.com