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Move Over law highlighted Saturday

Hudson will mark National Move Over Day on Saturday, Oct. 20 with an event featuring representatives from area law enforcement, emergency and maintenance services to highlight the law requiring drivers to move over for vehicles on the side of the road.

The event, which will be held in the Walmart parking lot off Crest View Drive from noon to 4 p.m., will focus on the Move Over law that requires drivers to provide a “safety zone” for emergency or maintenance vehicles on the side of the road by switching lanes if possible, or reducing speed when it’s not possible to move over. Every state in the country has one of these laws.

Organizer Gary Walsh said the event is to educate people on the law, which many people don’t know exist.

“The whole purpose of this is to bring awareness to the law and who it could possibly impact, injure or kill if it was totally disregarded,” he said.

Hudson Police Chief Geoff Willems said the law protects the motoring public as well as first responders.

“It saves lives,” Willems said.

Walsh knows personally how important this law is to follow. His son Nate Walsh, a tow truck driver, was killed in 2014 after he was struck while tending to a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 94.

National Move Over Day falls on the anniversary of Nate’s death. The importance of the day, though, has moved beyond just his personal connection to it, Walsh said.

“It’s bigger than that now,” he said.

Walsh said he wants people to know that they need to give whoever may be on the side of the road room to work.

“The important thing is if you see flashing lights anywhere on the interstate, that even includes somebody changing a tire, get in the other lane,” Walsh said.

Representatives from area law enforcement and emergency services have been invited to the event including Hudson Police Department, St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department, Hudson Fire Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, St. Croix County Highway Department and Jerry’s Towing. Walsh encouraged people to stop by and thank those there.

“Tell them you support them and say hi,” he said.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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