NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Speaker Pro Tempore of the Senate Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) announced the ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 996 creating an extension of the “Move Over Law” to include Good Samaritans who have pulled over to help distressed drivers. The bill goes into effect on July 1.
The bill requires a motor vehicle to yield the right-of-way by making a lane change, if possible, or reducing speed when approaching a stationary motor vehicle that is flashing its lights to indicate an emergency on the shoulder, emergency lane or median.
“I am not only proud of all of the hard work that made this legislation possible, but I am also proud to have a need for this new addition to the law as a protection for the many Good Samaritans in Tennessee,” said Senator Tracy, the Chairman of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee. “This signing ensured that no one will be punished for stopping to help someone.”
The Good Samaritan addition to the bill was inspired by a 16-year-old Tennessean named Franklin Fraizer. Four days after he received his driver’s license, Fraizer passed a distressed motorist on the side of the road signaling for help. Fraizer pulled his car over as much as he could on the narrow road to assist, turned on his hazard lights, tried to calm the driver and called emergency services. As he was assisting, another car struck Fraizer’s. Insurance determined that Fraizer was 50 percent liable for the accident as he was parked illegally.
This bill extends to cover Good Samaritans, ensuring that no one will be punished for stopping to help someone.