IDAHO FALLS – The “Move Over” law was expanded on July 1 to include protections for responders to a roadside emergency, such as highway workers. With slick winter driving conditions rapidly approaching, the local Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) office is hosting a media event Wednesday to encourage safe driving around highway vehicles, including snow plows.
Event details are listed below:
When: Wednesday, October 30, 10 – 11 a.m.
Where: 1540 Foote Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83402
ITD will have a highway maintenance snow plow driver, a Port of Entry officer and an Idaho State Police trooper available to talk to reporters about the best way to stay safe when encountering highway response vehicles and snow plows.
Vehicles pass by ITD workers and ISP troopers every day on state highways or the interstate at 60-80 mph or more. The sudden gush of air from the passing motorist or the rocking of the ITD vehicle as a semi passes by is a sober reminder that death or serious injury may only be feet away.
ITD has included this new webpage under the Travel section of the website devoted to the “Move Over” law expansion.
Each year, the transportation department organizes a winter safety campaign that offers a variety of information and tips on being prepared for winter conditions. The campaign is called “Idaho Ready.” Additional information can be found at: https://itd.idaho.gov/road-mtce/.