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"Move Over or Slow Down" Law now includes utility workers and vehicles


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Drivers need to know about a change in the Move Over & Slow Down law.

Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 803 into law Wednesday which requires drivers to move over or slow down for utility workers and their vehicles in addition to the police, fire, towing, and construction vehicles already covered by the law.

Bill Skewes is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Utility Association. He says their group supported this change wholeheartedly.  “We think that by extending that coverage to utility vehicles, in addition to emergency police, fire, and other emergency vehicles, it will make our workers safer.” He added, “I think anytime we have an opportunity to improve worker safety, especially in situations like this, it’s a good idea to move forward, and that’s what this bill does.”

Skewes says the proposal was originally proposed by Senators Paul Farrow and Dave Hansen along with Representatives Robb Kahl and Mike Kuglitsch.  “A couple of legislators came to us with this idea, and we have the existing law that applies to emergency vehicles, and it seemed to make sense to extend this to utility vehicles as well.”

The basic guideline is simple:  If you see flashing red, blue, white, or yellow lights or you see signs and flares, you need to move over if possible and slow down.

The same new law also has language extending drug testing to contractors doing utility work.