Ohio lawmakers OK 'Move Over' measure for drivers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A bill passed by Ohio lawmakers would require drivers approaching construction and maintenance vehicles to slow down and shift lanes if possible, as they're already required to do when nearing emergency vehicles on the roadside.

The House passed the updated "Move Over Law" on Wednesday, sending it to the governor for consideration. It would apply when motorists approach construction, maintenance and public utilities commission vehicles parked on the side of the road with their alert lights turned on.

The directors of the state Department of Transportation and the Ohio Turnpike say the measure would boost safety for roadway workers.

The Department of Transportation says motorists have had more than 600 collisions with its vehicles and equipment since 2008. In one case last April, a 27-year-old employee was killed.