Why some say Tennessee's 'Move Over' law needs stronger enforcement to prevent first responder crashes, deaths

  • Source: WATN-TV ABC 24 Memphis
  • Published: 01/17/2023 12:00 AM

‘Move over’ is a law created to protect first responders on the scene of incidents. Unfortunately, drivers continue to ignore the siren and the flashing lights and it’s costing people their lives. After six big wrecks involving Memphis firefighters, leaders and families say enough is enough. Now there are calls to stiffen penalties for drivers who break the law, and for more enforcement. “They call, we show up,” said Thomas Malone, President of the Memphis Firefighter Association. Malone served the Memphis community for 34 years as a firefighter. “I can remember when I was an active firefighter, when we rode on the tailboards, people would get out of the way,” he said. But Malone said it's a much different situation today, with more and more drivers who won’t move over. “For whatever reason now, it's just like, they're constantly riding to the tail of the equipment,” he said.


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