Move Over Law To Expand To All Vehicles With Emergency Flashers On

Posted at 10:50 PM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-29 23:50:01-04

A new law that goes into effect Saturday will impact every driver on Tennessee roads, and it all started with what happened to a mid-state teen last year.

Williamson County's Franklin Frazier had just turned 16 years old last December when he was driving down Highway 100 and saw someone broken down on the side of the road.

Franklin says he pulled over to help, but just after he got out of his truck, someone ran into it.

No one was hurt, but police said Franklin had parked illegally on the side of the road, and even though he was acting as a Good Samaritan, his insurance company said Franklin was 70 percent at fault.

So Franklin's dad contacted Rep. Charles Sargent (R-Franklin) and Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) who drafted and passed the law going into effect on Saturday: an expansion of the state's Move Over law.

Now drivers will have to move over a lane for any driver pulled to the side of the road with emergency flashers on, not just emergency or utility crews, which had been the law previously.  If a driver is unable to safely move over a lane, they'll be required to slow down.

"It makes me feel that, even though it was a bad thing that happened, it was a pretty good outcome," Franklin said.

Since the law was passed, Franklin's dad says State Farm reduced Franklin's responsibility to 50 percent at fault, but he says, it's still raised his insurance rates by $3,000 a year.