今年開始陸續收到一個關於Move Over Law的電子郵件, 裡面大致上是說加州從2010年1月1日起開始執行"Move Over Law", 這裡把原文貼出.

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Dear all,

Just want to share with all of you of this new law. Maybe you don't know about it.

Move Over " Law, (just in case you have not heard this)
In California, the "Move-over" law
become operative on January 1, 2010.

http://www.moveoveramerica.com/

The cost of the ticket was $754, with 3 points on your license and a mandatory court appearance
Important Law to Share:

I wanted to let my Medlock Bridge neighbors know about the GA move over law.
My son got a ticket on Pleasant Hill coming back from Wal-Mart. A Duluth police car (turned out it was 2 police cars) was on the side of the road giving a ticket to someone else. My son slowed down to pass but did not move into the other lane. The second police car immediately pulled him over and gave him a ticket. My son and I had never heard of the law. It is a fairly new law that states if any emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, if you are able, you are to move into the far lane.

The cost of the ticket was $754, with 3 points on your license and a mandatory court appearance.

Please let everyone you know that drives about this new law.

It is true (see details at the following web address). It states that except two states, all the other US states (even Canada ) enacted similar kind of law.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/traffic/moveover.asp

下面開始解釋......

先來介紹"擦身而過"法(Move Over Law)
這項法律是因為有許多交通執法人員或是處理交通意外事故的人員在路邊執行公務時, 被後面呼嘯而過的魯莽駕駛人給撞死. 因此開始有人到處鼓吹立法保護這些人. 目前全美已經有47個州完成立法正式實施, 還沒立法的僅剩紐約州, 馬里蘭州, 及夏威夷州.



加州是在2006年由州議會通過, 同年9月20日由州長簽署正式成為法律開始生效(SB-1610), 但有落日條款指明在2010年1月1日前有效. 從當時法律上內容看來就是試行之後必須在2010年1月1日重新修訂.

於是才會有新法Senate Bill 240 (State Senator Roderick Wright)的誕生. 除了原有"擦身而過"法(Move Over Law)的基礎, 再加上保護在高速公路上施工的工作者, 以彌補自從1924年以來, 174位在高速公路上施工卻被撞死的工作者.

新版的法律就從2010年1月1日取代本來的SB-1610, 成為加州新的Move Over Law, 但罰款仍然維持在$50以內. 不過這是州政府訂的. 通常罰款似乎由各轄區的法院訂定, 所以如果再加上縣市多收的費用, 可能會比$50要多上一些.

下次遇到警車救護車或是工程車在高速公路路邊就要小心準備變換車道, 因為警察杯杯可能就在你身邊, 不小心就可能要吃罰單了. 如果交通流量太大無法變換到內側車道, 就必須減速到時速20英哩以下.

至於那篇落落長的email, 當事人被罰了$754到底在哪裡? 應該是在喬治亞州, 而不是加州.
Pleasant Hill, Duluth, GA 是GA, 不是CA

雖然加州罰款沒本來email中講的那麼重, 不過人命關天, 經過事故或施工路段一定要減速慢行或遠離該車道, 以免不小心闖禍了將後悔一輩子.

相關閱讀:
NEW "MOVE OVER" LAW WILL INCREASE SAFETY FOR CALTRANS HIGHWAY WORKERS
Move Over, America
Snopes.com - Move Over

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