Cpl Michaud: "Any vehicle that's alongside of the road with amber, blue, or red lights flashing, use common sense and pull over and slow down."
(VO) Corporal Chuck Michaud of the Maine State Police is asking drivers to follow the state's Move Over law, which states that when emergency or public service vehicles are pulled over on the side of the road, drivers are required to move over safely to a non adjacent lane and reduce their speed. He says it's all about keeping everyone safe.
CM: "Everybody just wants to go home at the end of their shift and that's what the goal is."
(VO) Cpl Michaud says reducing your speed by 20 miles an hour typically works but it depends on road conditions. Brent Willette is the president of Impact Auto Body in Presque Isle. He and his staff members are constantly pulled over to the side of the road on the scene of accidents- and he says drivers' curiosity affects them.
BW: "They're too interested in what's going on on the side of the road and when you look at the side of the road you have a tendency to move towards the side of the road."
(VO) He says on average a tow truck driver is killed in the US every 6 days. And he doesn't want anyone from his company to be part of that statistic.
BW: "We have to get out in the middle of the night all different times of the day so they can get home but we wanna get home too."
(VO) Walter Mosher is a supervisor of Northern Light AR Gould Medical Transport, formerly Crown...he too says it's not a law people consider enough.
Walter Mosher: "It's not out of the ordinary to be at the scene of an accident and have vehicles going by you 18 or 24 inches from your leg."
(VO) So next time you're on on the road and come across one of these vehicles pulled over, remember that following this law correctly may just save lives. Katie Zarrilli News Source 8