An amended “Move Over” law, including Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) vehicles, goes into effect July 1. Nevada Revised Statute 484B.607 requires drivers to slow down, proceed with caution, and, if possible, move to the far lane when passing a flashing light emergency response vehicle. The updated law now requires driver to do the same thing for department of transportation and Freeway Service Patrol vehicles.

NDOT’s 2,000 pieces of heavy equipment, 850 roadway maintenance vehicles, and 350 construction administration professionals are responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of 1,100 bridges and 5,400 miles of roadway statewide. Department staff performs over 100 different tasks from road resurfacing to snow removal, and often play a pivotal role in assisting injured drivers and emergency responders.

Since 1948, the department has lost 24 employees while working. Most recently, NDOT employee Ron Raiche Jr. was struck and killed by an inattentive driver on March 30, 2015 while repairing a section of Interstate 80 near Battle Mountain.

“NDOT employees work hard to keep roads clear and safe,” said NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon. “This law now gives our employees an added measure of protection, so that everyone can go home alive.”

Drivers who violate the law can be charged with a misdemeanor. Nevada joins other states, including California, Utah, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee and Wisconsin, which have recently implemented “move over” laws for transportation staff.