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For Immediate Release
October 15, 2021

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Paul D. Raymond, Jr., Strategic Communications Administrator
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Eileen P. Meaney, Chief Communications Officer
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Amber, Blue, and Red Lights - Move Over!

Emergency Vehicles and Personnel need room to work - Move Over or Slow Down!

The New Hampshire Departments of Transportation and Safety, the Office of Highway Safety, and the New Hampshire Towing Association are teaming up on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at locations around the State to raise awareness about SAFETY for Emergency Workers on National Move Over Day.
 
New Hampshire recognizes National Move Over Day annually to highlight legislation that requires drivers to move over a lane, or to slow down if traffic is heavy whenever approaching or passing an emergency situation on any road at any time.
 
New Hampshire Department of Transportation Commissioner Victoria Sheehan noted that “NHDOT employees, NH Tow Truck workers, State Police and others are working to help motorists, sometimes late at night, during rain and snowstorms, and they need room to work so that everyone can return home safely.  Please move over, slow down and always drive cautiously around these situations”.

"The NH Move Over Law is about everyone's safety. Emergency personnel can only do so much to keep themselves safe when they pull over on the side of the road," said New Hampshire Department of Safety Commissioner Robert Quinn. "Slowing down and moving over away from emergency responders should be common sense, but not enough drivers do it. If you cannot safely pull over into the other lane, be sure to slow down to a safe speed."

“Emergency responders and roadside workers put themselves at risk every day to help people who are in need of emergency assistance or whose vehicles are broken down,” said Colonel Nathan Noyes of the NH State Police. “Please do your part and abide by the Move Over Law to help protect our emergency personnel.”

“Recent statistics tell us that every six days a tow truck operator is struck and killed on roads across the U.S.,” said Ralph Cresta, President of the NH Towing Association. “Our operators are out there providing a service and hoping to go home every night. Keep our emergency personnel safe by moving over and slowing down.”
 
NHDOT, NH Department of Safety Division of State Police, the Office of Highway Safety, and representatives from the NH Towing Association will be at the following locations from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday to answer questions and highlight this important Law. 

•    NH Hooksett Welcome Centers – northbound and southbound
•    F. E. Everett Bedford toll parking lot
•    Interstate 93 Sanbornton Rest Area
•    Interstate 93 Canterbury Rest Area
•    Interstate 89 Lebanon Rest Area
•    Interstate 95 Seabrook Rest Area