Drivers don't always give emergency crews room to work

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Driving on the interstate it's common to see a car pulled over on the shoulder. What isn't as common are people pulling into the lane away from the car, which is what the law requires.

Move Over is the law in all 50 states. It is in place both to protect drivers and those working on the side of the roads.

"People forget about maintenance workers and firefighters. They always think that it only pertains to law enforcement," South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Andrew Buns said.

Tow truck drivers and other maintenance workers on the side of the road are also protected under the law. There is a ticket and a fine for those caught not giving those workers the space they need.

The law doesn't only apply to four lane roads. On two lane roads drivers must slow down to a speed of 25 miles per hour. The decrease in speed protects everyone on the road, driving and stopped.