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Proposal would add utility vehicles to Missouri 'move over' law

Proposal would add utility vehicles to Missouri 'move over' law

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JEFFERSON CITY • Missouri motorists may soon be required to move over for utility vehicles as part of an updated law designed to make roadways safer for emergency workers.

Under legislation approved Monday, drivers approaching a utility vehicle with flashing lights, such as an electric company repair truck, must vacate the lane closest to the vehicle if it is possible, or slow to a safe speed.

The measure, approved on a 149-7, adds utility vehicles to a list of other emergency vehicles, including police, fire, towing and recovery vehicles, where motorists are required to move over in order to give emergency and law enforcement workers space to do their jobs.

The proposed law, which was sponsored by Rep. Craig Redmon, R-Canton, now moves to the Senate for further debate.

 The legislation is House Bill 85.

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