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Some emergency crews say drivers don't follow Move Over law

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It's been 10 years since Georgia lawmakers passed the Move Over law. It's meant to keep law enforcement and emergency workers safe on the roads.

Standing on the side of the interstate can be dangerous. Even though laws are in place to keep emergency crews safe, many say drivers aren't following them and the crime could cost you.

The Converse family runs Southern Towing in Paulding County.

"We're either standing in the road or we're pulling a car from out of the woods from 30 foot away," said Joey Converse of Southern Towing.

Nine times out of 10, they say cars are flying by them when they're working close to the road.

"It's very scary when someone comes by you knowing that they could just swerve and just hit you," said Southern Towing's Bethany Converse.

Georgia's Move Over law says if you see those emergency lights -- from police, HERO units or tow trucks on the side of road -- you must change lanes if you can, or slow down below the speed limit. Many emergency responders say drivers don't heed it.

"It's quite nervous when you're standing there and someone's doing 60 miles per hour and you're like, holy moly," said Joey.

"It's all about safety. All of us want to go home just like they do," said Corporal Norman Lewis of the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.

It's not only dangerous, but you could face a $500 fine.

"The deputy called me and cars were zooming right by her…actually close enough to take her hat off her head," said Lewis.

"If they move over it's just safer for everybody. Might cause a little bit of a traffic jam but what's a traffic jam when it's someone's life," Joey said.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 14 law enforcement officers were killed on the side of the road in 2012.

"When you see flashing lights, please move over or slow down so we can at least work and move around," said Bethany.

Joey says to "move over to the other side or slow down enough where it shows people respect."

Georgia isn't the only state with a move over law. All 50 states have some form of the law, so it is something drivers should be doing on interstates and highways all around the country.

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