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Move Over Law

On July 1, Idaho’s “Move Over” law expanded to include responders to roadside emergencies, such as highway workers and tow truck operators.
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“Move Over” Law

Law signed by Governor Brad Little
House Bill 106

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“Move Over” law extends protections to highway workers and responders

In 2006, the “Move Over” law provided protections for police by requiring motorists to move over for law-enforcement personnel operating with flashing lights. Now drivers must also move over for other emergency responders to traffic incidents, too, such as ITD’s workers and tow truck operators using flashing lights in a stationary position.Work Zone Safety Vest


Vehicles pass by ITD workers every day on the 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 is only feet away.


“The expansion of the ‘Move Over’ Law to include highway workers makes an inherently risky job safer for our staff,” said Jerry Wilson, ITD Operations Engineer in North Idaho. “At highway speeds, it only takes a split second for an accident to happen, so making some space to allow our crews to maintain the roads makes the highways safer, both for us and the traveling public.”

ITD’s Incident Response unit in the Treasure Valley is an obvious beneficiary, but the expansion of the law also extends protections to our maintenance workers removing tires, animal carcasses or other objects from the road, filling potholes, fixing guardrail, and other common activities that benefit the safety and mobility of motorists.

“We really appreciate the courtesy of other drivers who slow down and move over to give us a safer space to do our jobs,” said ITD Treasure Valley Incident Response driver Kyle Wright. “That buffer of space makes a big difference. The less we have to worry about vehicles moving past us, the more we’re able to focus on the incidents we’re working on, and hopefully remedy them more safely and quickly.”

 

511 Info

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Travelers can access the Idaho road report online at 511.idaho.gov, download the free 511 mobile app, or call 5-1-1 for route information.

Idaho’s Traveler Information System, or 511, features route conditions and weather, camera views, construction impacts, delays, closures and more. Both the mobile app and the website can be customized by the user according to preferred route. Cameras and weather stations positioned all across the state help travelers make their driving plans. Recent improvements to the 511 Traveler Services platform allow drivers to more efficiently track driving conditions, and the six-hour weather forecast on highways during the winter weather season.

511 B4 U GO!

In addition to road reports, cameras and weather data posts on 511.idaho.gov, here are the travel-related features.

  • Construction Locations & Impacts
  • Electronic Signs – Location & Current Message
  • Mountain Passes
  • Public Transit Routes
  • Rest Area Locations
  • Surronding States’ Road Report Links
  • Traffic Speeds
  • Truckers’ Information
  • Weather Warnings
  • Winter Driving Conditions

Just before the first snowfall and Thanksgiving travel in 2005, the online 511 traveler service was unveiled, bringing a new level of service and trip preparation to Idaho drivers. More than 31 million visits after that November day more than a decade ago, an enhanced 511 service thrives.

What are the weather conditions on the Idaho routes you plan to travel?

Remote Weather Information System StationThe Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has developed a network of 140 weather station, also called Roadway Weather Information Stations or RWIS. These weather stations are located throughout Idaho along the highway system managed by ITD. Go online at 511.idaho.gov to see the latest weather data for each station location.

ITD maintenance crews use the weather stations to gauge local weather conditions and determine the best responses for road clearing. This RWIS data helps our snowplow drivers and other technicians to know how much salt, sand or de-icer to use, and where it is needed. The RWIS program is a highly successful system that many other states, and more than a dozen other countries, have requested program details.

Using RWIS data, ITD crews have been able to keep roads clear and passable more than 85% of the time during winter storms. As recently as 2010, that stood at just 28%. Go to the ITD Dashboard to see the latest report on “Time Highways Clear of Snow/Ice During Winter Storms.”

Work Zones

As you drive through work zones, slow down and be extra attentive.

Drive Well Idaho | Check out these videos for driver interaction with different types of ITD work zones ranging from urban and rural construction, to ITD maintenance work.

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Drive Carefully in Work Zones

Work Zone Safety VestIn Idaho, there were 15 work zone fatalities from 2013-2017, with 1,960 crashes in work zones during that same time period. Drivers are asked to put away distractions and pay extra attention to their surroundings. Safer driving means safer work zones for all.

ITD continually takes steps to improve employee safety. Last fall, the department shifted to high-visibility yellow vests to stand out from the orange barrels and equipment on the side of the road. ITD also recommends a common-sense approach to driving in work zones:

  • Slow down and drive at the posted speed limit or at speeds appropriate for conditions.
  • Adhere to traffic signs and follow the directions of flaggers and pilot cars, when present. Prepare for heavy equipment operating in the area.
  • Watch for altered traffic patterns or reduced lane widths. Devote your full attention to driving and avoid distractions such as cell-phone use.
  • Check before leaving home to determine whether you might encounter highway construction. Call 5-1-1, check 511.idaho.gov or download the 511 app.
  • Expect delays and exercise patience.
  • Always wear a seat belt.
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Upper Mesa Falls in Eastern Idaho
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