It's something we all should do to keep people safe on our roadways, but also...it's the law!

With winter weather in full-force across our region, it might be a good time to remind everyone (me included), that we need to be aware of our surroundings while we're out and about.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office posted the following reminder on their Facebook page this past Monday...

Deputies were out on Route 101 enforcing motor vehicle violations this afternoon. They were also reminding operators of their duty to move over when approaching vehicles displaying emergency lights.

Please keep every one safe by moving over when approaching law enforcement, fire, ems, tow trucks or any other vehicle displaying emergency lighting per NH RSA 
265:37-a Motorist Duties When Approaching Highway Emergencies. –

I. When in or approaching an incident involving a fire, collision, disaster, utility construction or maintenance, or other emergency resulting in partial or complete blockage of a highway, or a location where a police officer has made a traffic stop, every driver other than the driver of an emergency response vehicle, shall:

(a) Maintain a reduced speed. 
(b) Obey the directions of any authorized person directing traffic and of all applicable emergency signals and traffic control devices. 
(c) Vacate as soon as possible any lane wholly or partially blocked. 
(d) Give a wide berth, without endangering oncoming traffic, to public safety personnel, any persons in the roadway, and stationary vehicles displaying blue, red, or amber emergency or warning lights.

II. Any person violating this section shall be fined $75 plus penalty assessment for a first offense and $250 plus penalty assessment for a subsequent offense in a 12-month period.