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What is Alabama's Move Over Law?

It seems like a common sense thing to do; move over when you see flashing lights on the side of the road. Yet so many don't do it.

"I don't think it's deliberate. Problem is people see us on the side of the road and they look over and the car will go where they are looking," said trooper Jack Clark.

That may have been the case two days ago near Selma. Trooper Brian Manley had just pulled over a driver. Manley was about to get out of his car when a pick-up slammed into the back of him.

"At first I thought he was dead," said Clark.

Manley is recovering from broken facial bones. Still no decision whether to charge the driver because investigators are checking out his story. Sgt. Clark declined to say what that driver is telling authorities. But there was no doubt about what happened in Ohio a few days ago. A police officer was literally turned around when a passing motorist clipped him with his right-side mirror. Another police officer eventually caught the driver and reportedly charged him with 'driving while impaired' and drug possession.

During our interivew with Sgt. Clark on Interstate 65 in Montgomery, some drivers moved over, others did not even though they had plenty of room to do so. To be fair, there are times when motorists can't move over when the traffic is thick.

"At that point you need to slow down," Clark said.

There is always that possibility the trooper could make a mistake. For instance, not pulling off the road far enough when they make a stop.

"I don't think I could deny it. I just don't know of any instances in Alabama," said Clark.

Two close calls. One in Ohio and one near Selma. Both will live to talk about it.

It does happen in Alabama but not very often. Troopers say they haven't kept records because the move-over law is still fairly new. One year old.

Trooper Clark says while there is no jail time for not moving over, there is a fine; $500.

Reporter: Bryan Henry


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