Move Over and Save a Life


If you’re driving on Tennessee roads, what should you do if you approach a utility vehicle stopped on the shoulder with its flashing lights activated? According to the state’s Move Over Law, motorists may be fined for not slowing down or moving over. 


Tennessee’s Move Over Law was passed in 2006 to protect first responders like police officers, firefighters and paramedics. In 2011, Tennessee’s utility providers led a coalition to revise the state’s Move Over Law to include utility workers as well.


The requirements of Tennessee’s Move Over Law are simple. On a four lane road, if safety and traffic conditions allow, a driver approaching a utility vehicle with flashing lights should move into the far lane. On a two lane road or when changing lanes is not possible, a driver should reduce their speed.


Utility workers face many dangers – high voltage, heights, ditches, potentially hazardous chemicals and extreme weather conditions. Despite these challenges, one of the most dangerous parts of their job is working alongside busy roadways, often only feet away from passing cars.


“July marks the 8th anniversary of the expansion of the law, but too many drivers either don’t know about it or simply don’t care,” says FPU CEO/General Manager Britt Dye. “Our utility workers perform an important job for our community. Changing lanes or slowing down to give them a little space is a simple courtesy that could save a life.”


More information about the law is available at Learn more about Fayetteville Public Utilities at