Are more drivers obeying the state's Move Over law? - WSMV Channel 4

Are more drivers obeying the state's Move Over law?

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It took a tragic accident, the death of a Metro police officer, to focus more attention on the state's Move Over law.

The resulting social media movement with the hashtag #MoveOver reached millions, but is it making a difference?

"Most definitely, it has made a difference," said Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Miller.

However, there is still work to do.

Channel 4 was there when Miller was parked on westbound Interstate 40 near mile marker 202, a highly visible spot with three lanes and ample room to move over.

His blue lights were flashing, and yet, one car after the other didn't move over.

"The best one word to describe this is just frustration," Miller said.

He says ignorance of the law is not an excuse.

"It's your responsibility to know what laws are on the books," Miller said.

"I didn't have space or 'I didn't have time' is also not an excuse," he said.

"You have to ask that person, well do you have time to sit down and make a list of who you would say goodbye to in your family, because somebody else didn't have time," Miller said.

#MoveOver was trending for some time, but it needs to be unforgettable.

"Be passionate about safety because I know everyone that is watching or listening to this media broadcast hopes to get home to their family, they want to hold their child in their arms another time," Miller said.

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