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Move Over AZ reminds drivers to use caution around cars on shoulder

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Doug Hudson of AAA Arizona often finds himself helping a disabled vehicle pretty close to the fast moving traffic. Doug Hudson of AAA Arizona often finds himself helping a disabled vehicle pretty close to the fast moving traffic.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

You see it on the highway all the time - a vehicle pulled over to the side of the road. The lights are flashing, because the vehicle may have a flat or some other problem.

In the State of Arizona, if you're approaching that vehicle you are required to move over or slow down if you can't move over. The move over law began in Arizona back in 2005. At that point, drivers only had to move over for law enforcement and emergency vehicles. In July of 2011, the law was updated to cover all vehicles that were pulled over and had flashing hazard lights.

The Arizona Department of Transportation and the Arizona Department of Public Safety are reminding drivers this month to "Move Over AZ." Every Monday in March DPS has stepped up enforcement on the move over law. They're out looking for drivers who don't move over or slow down when a vehicle is on the side of the highway.

Doug Hudson knows the dangers of the highways. He has been working for AAA Arizona since 2009 as a fleet driver. Depending on the problem, he finds himself changing a tire or recharging an electric vehicle pretty close to the fast moving traffic. Most of the time, he has to keep one eye on his work and one eye on the traffic to stay safe. Hudson said, "It's pretty dangerous, you got the cars coming anywhere between 65, 70, 85 miles an hour."

The fine if you fail to move over or slow down, $150 or even more.

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