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Nevada 'move over' law to apply to NDOT vehicles starting July 1

An NDOT crew applies asphalt on Interstate 80 in Reno in this undated photo (Courtesy: NHP)

Nevada's "move over" law, which previously applied to passing an emergency response vehicle, will soon apply to state transportation vehicles stopped on highway sides.

A spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Transportation said state maintenance and construction vehicles with lights on or flashing are part of the law, which will take effect on July 1.

Drivers have previously been required to slow down and move to another lane if possible when passing emergency vehicles that have lights flashing, like fire engines and NHP patrol cars.

Twenty-four NDOT employees have been killed in the line of duty since 1948, according to the agency.

"Each and every NDOT employee works to keep our roads mobile and safe," department Director Rudy Malfabon said in a statement. “This law will in turn give our NDOT employees an extra measure of roadway safety."

Drivers who violate the law could be charged with a misdemeanor.

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