Slow Down, Move Over Awareness Day

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Slow Down, Move Over

On Wednesday, Oct. 14, AAA Colorado launched an earned and social media campaign to raise awareness of Colorado’s recently strengthened “Slow Down, Move Over” law. To that end, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared Monday, Oct. 19 as “Slow Down, Move Over Awareness Day” in the State of Colorado to align with the national awareness day on this issue. You will find a high-resolution version of that proclamation here. Social media content shared in line with this campaign will be organized under the hashtag #SlowDownMoveOverCO.

To protect roadside workers and improve highway safety, AAA offers these precautionary tips:

  • Always remain alert. Avoid distractions and focus on the task of driving.
  • Maintain a visual lead of everything going on 20 to 30 seconds ahead of you. This gives you time to see problems ahead and change lanes and adjust speed accordingly.
  • Emergencies can occur anywhere on the road. When you see flashing lights, slow down and prepare well in advance to change lanes. Allow others to merge into your lane when necessary.
  • Don’t follow semi-trucks or other large vehicles too closely. If a truck moves into a left-hand lane, don’t speed around the right side. They are changing lanes for a reason; be prepared to change lanes yourself.
  • When road conditions are slick, don’t make sudden lane changes which can cause an uncontrollable skid. Change lanes early and move over gradually.
  • If you are unable to move over, slow down to a safe speed taking into consideration that you are approaching a workspace where pedestrians are present.