Winter safety reminder: Move towards road workers and first aiders

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New Jersey Department of Transportation

(NJDOT) reminds drivers to move in front of snowplows and stopped emergency and work vehicles during the winter months.

“We encourage all motorists to drive with respect for our road workers so they can clear the roads this winter,” he said.

NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti
. “Please move over when you see a snowplow or a member of our team working on the road, and if you can not move safely, slow down so they can come home safe and sound. ”

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By 2021, more than 50 respondents have been beaten and killed across the United States while working in or near moving traffic. A recent AAA survey revealed a frightening statistic: Nearly 90 percent of New Jersey first-aiders have reported at least one near-accident, life-threatening incident in which motorists had refused to slow down and move over.

That New Jersey move over law (New Jersey Statute 39: 4-92.2) requires motorists to cross at least one lane if it is safe. Otherwise, a driver must slow down to provide a safer working environment for all first aiders, authorized emergency vehicles, and workers on New Jersey roads.

In 2021, Commissioner Gutierrez-Scaccetti and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick Callahan announced the launch of a bumper sticker and poster campaign to raise public awareness of Slow Down, the Move Over Act. Luminous pink stickers are placed on the bumpers of the NJDOT and participating emergency vehicles, and Quick Chek displays the Slow Down, Move Over posters in their New Jersey stores and gas stations.

“The aim of the bumper sticker and poster campaign is to reinforce this important message so that it becomes a different nature for drivers,” said Commissioner Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “At NJDOT, we have a saying – we want everyone to come home every night.”

Watch this Crash Responder Week video on the importance of slowing down and moving over.

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