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'Move It' law now in effect on roadways

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

PUTNAMVILLE -- The federal highway interstate system sustains a high volume of traffic on a daily basis.

The volume of traffic carries with it the inherent danger of motor vehicle crashes. When the inevitable crash happens, many times, a post or secondary crash will take place from the subsequent slowing or stopping of traffic from the first crash. The secondary crash will often result in serious injuries and possibly death.

To safeguard Indiana motorists, effective July 1, a change was added to the responsibilities of drivers involved in a crash. The change is referred to as the "Move It," law.

The "Move It," law mandates that a person involved in a crash that does not involve personal injury, a fatality, entrapment, or movement of hazardous materials and occurs on a federal interstate highway or ramp providing access to or from a federal interstate highway, if possible, must move the vehicle off the highway or ramp to a location as close to the accident as possible and in a manner that does not obstruct traffic more than necessary.

The "Move It" law can be found in its entirety at Indiana Code: 9-26-1-2 Move It Law.

Persons interested in reading the statute can do so at www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code, and enter the above code in the box on the right side of the page.

The Putnamville District of the Indiana State Police is responsible for nearly 49 miles of Interstate-70 (from the Illinois state line to the 49-milemarker near the Putnam/Morgan county line) and nearly six miles of I-74 (from the Illinois line to the Vermillion/Fountain county line).

Motorists are adamantly reminded to use extra caution when approaching crash scenes and/or slowed or stopped traffic on the interstate systems of Indiana.

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Is there a way for out-of-state motorists to know that this new law exists?

-- Posted by Hodgepodge on Wed, Jul 14, 2010, at 10:59 AM

LMAO! I drive to Indianapolis every day and thought the new "MOVE IT" law was for the "rubberneckers" who would rather gawk at the accident than keep moving so the rest of us can get to work!

I hope this helps I-70 .. I really do. Guess we'll see.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jul 14, 2010, at 11:18 AM

I see one problem with the law. If someone rear-ends you it will be real hard to know when they are just trying to "move-it" or flea the scene of an accident. I guess you will know if they stop or keep going. ;-) Try to get a picture of their plates before you "move-it".

-- Posted by localgal on Wed, Jul 14, 2010, at 2:23 PM

QUOTE: "flea the scene". Those pesky fleas.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Jul 14, 2010, at 3:44 PM

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