VDOT reminds motorists to move over

Published 10:59 pm Friday, November 1, 2019

June may be Move Over Awareness Month, but motorists should focus on safe driving habits year-round.

In less than 12 hours last month, three of VDOT’s Safety Service Patrol (SSP) trucks were struck by non-attentive motorists in Hampton Roads.

On Oct. 17 at approximately 11:30 p.m., an SSP vehicle at I-664 northbound and Route 58 westbound was struck while assisting a disabled vehicle at the side of the road.

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On Oct. 18 at 3:22 a.m., an SSP vehicle at I-664 northbound and Aberdeen Road was struck while driving.

On Oct. 18 at 10:21 a.m., an SSP truck at 264 westbound and Rosemont Road was struck while assisting a disabled vehicle at the side of the road.

Safety is VDOT’s No. 1 priority, not only for the traveling public but also for its employees and contractors.

VDOT is reminding motorists of Virginia’s “Move Over” law and urging them to move over for flashing blue, red or amber lights on Virginia’s highways, and give first responders and law enforcement officers room to do their jobs.

To ensure motorists and those around them to arrive safely to their destinations, VDOT is encouraging everyone to follow these safety tips:

  • Buckle up
  • Obey speed limits
  • Drive alcohol- and drug-free
  • Share the road
  • Avoid distractions
  • Don’t text and drive

To learn more about the safe driving practices and Virginia’s Move Over laws, visit


Motorists are advised to plan their commute by using VDOT’s free traffic information tools:

  • Download the 511 smartphone app, or 511-integrated Waze app.
  • Visit the 511 Virginia website or dial 511 for traffic information on your phone.
  • Follow @511hamptonroads and @VaDOTHR on Twitter.