HB 158

Sponsor
Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Motor vehicles, Alabama Move Over Act, vehicles required to move over when approaching a Transportation Dept. vehicle on roadside with flashing lights, Sec. 32-5A-58.2 am'd.
Description

To amend Section 32-5A-58.2, Code of Alabama 1975, the Alabama Move Over Act, relating to motor vehicles; to further provide for when a driver of a motor vehicle must move over or slow down when approaching a vehicle on or along the road; and in connection therewith would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds within the meaning of Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended.

Subjects
Motor Vehicles
View Original PDF: HB 158 - Engrossed - PDF

To amend Section 32-5A-58.2, Code of Alabama 1975, the Alabama Move Over Act, relating to motor vehicles; to further provide for when a driver of a motor vehicle must move over or slow down when approaching a vehicle on or along the road; and in connection therewith would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds within the meaning of Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended.

Section 1

Section 32-5A-58.2, Code of Alabama 1975, is amended to read as follows:

§32-5A-58.2.

(a) This section shall be known as the "Alabama Move Over Act."

(b)(1) When an authorized law enforcement vehicle or emergency vehicle making use of any visual signals is parked, when a wrecker displaying amber rotating or flashing lights is performing a recovery or loading on the roadside, when a utility service vehicle operated by or on behalf of an entity providing utility services displaying any rotating lights, flashing lights, or other visual signals is parked on the roadside while performing tasks associated with the provision of utility services, when a Department of Transportation vehicle displaying amber or white flashing lights is parked on the roadside or engaged in the performance of official duties on or along a road, or when a garbage, trash, refuse, or recycling collection vehicle is actively collecting garbage, trash, refuse, or recycling materials on the roadside, the driver of every other vehicle, as soon as it is safe, shall do the following:

a. When driving on an interstate highway or other highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the law enforcement vehicle, emergency vehicle, wrecker, utility service vehicle, Department of Transportation vehicle, or garbage, trash, refuse, or recycling collection vehicle, the driver shall vacate the lane closest to the law enforcement vehicle, emergency vehicle, wrecker, utility service vehicle, Department of Transportation vehicle, or garbage, trash, refuse, or recycling collection vehicle, unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer. If not safe to move over, the driver shall slow to a speed that is at least 15 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer.

b. When driving on a two-lane road, the driver shall move as far away from the law enforcement vehicle, emergency vehicle, wrecker, utility service vehicle, Department of Transportation vehicle, or garbage, trash, refuse, or recycling collection vehicle as possible within his or her lane and slow to a speed that is 15 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or greater or travel at 10 miles per hour when the posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer.

(2) A violation of this subsection is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25). Upon a second violation of this subsection, the fine shall be fifty dollars ($50). Upon a third or subsequent violation, the fine shall be one hundred dollars ($100).

(c)(1) The Department of Public Safety shall provide an educational awareness campaign informing the motoring public about this section. The department shall provide information about this section in all newly printed driver's license educational materials after January 1, 2010.

(2) This section shall not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway."

Section 2

Although this bill would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds, the bill is excluded from further requirements and application under Amendment 621, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, because the bill defines a new crime or amends the definition of an existing crime.

Section 3

This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

No articles found.
Action Date Chamber Action
March 22, 2018HDelivered to Governor at 1:06 p.m. on March 22, 2018.
March 22, 2018HAssigned Act No. 2018-459.
March 22, 2018HClerk of the House Certification
March 22, 2018SSignature Requested
March 22, 2018HEnrolled
March 22, 2018HPassed Second House
March 22, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 1033
March 22, 2018SThird Reading Passed
February 15, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
February 8, 2018HEngrossed
February 8, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Transportation and Energy
February 8, 2018HBeckman intended to vote Yes
February 8, 2018HMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 251
February 8, 2018HMotion to Adopt adopted Roll Call 250
February 8, 2018HTransportation, Utilities and Infrastructure first Substitute Offered
February 8, 2018HThird Reading Passed
January 18, 2018HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar with 1 substitute and
January 11, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure
2018-03-22
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-02-08
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-02-08
Chamber: House
Result: Passed