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Move Over Law Still Largely Ignored

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Posted at 6:29 PM, Aug 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 17:10:24-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A law meant to save lives on Tennessee roadways is still largely being ignored by drivers every day and the results are often deadly.

In 2011 the  Move Over Law was put into effect to protect police officer, EMT's, tow truck drivers and even stranded motorist. 

"People are just not paying attention or they just aren’t concerned," said Chad Cherry the owner of Nashville Roadside Assistance.

Chad spends his days along side of Tennessee's busiest highways helping stranded motorist but more often than not drivers refuse to move over or slow down for his truck.

"It’s just getting more and more dangerous people. I worry about somebody coming up and hitting us, somebody on their cell phone who could hurt, injure or kill us," he added.

According to highway patrol 4,107 drivers have been ticketed for not moving over in the last 5 years and since 2005, 330 first responders were hit out on the roads.

The most recent death in Davidson County was Metro Police Officer Michael Petrina who was hit and killed on Interstate 65 in May of 2014.