Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 2 a.m.
The state’s “Move Over Law” was amended Monday, requiring motorists to slow down and if possible move into a lane not adjacent to Nevada Department of Transportation vehicles.
NDOT vehicles and personnel performing construction, maintenance or road repair will get the same cushion afforded law-enforcement and emergency vehicles after Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 17 into law.
The amended law will go into effect July 1. Drivers are required to slow down, proceed with caution, be prepared to stop and move over when approaching authorized NDOT vehicles, which have active flashing warning lights.
Drivers who violate the law can be charged with a misdemeanor and required to pay a fine if found guilty.
The law is designed to enhance the safety of law-enforcement, emergency and now NDOT personnel.
Twenty-four department workers have been killed while performing maintenance work on state roads since 1948, according to NDOT.
The department’s fleet includes 600 vehicles and 2,000 pieces of heavy equipment such as snow plows. NDOT employs 850 roadway maintenance and 350 construction administration professionals responsible for up to 100 different roadway maintenance tasks, including removing snow and resurfacing.