GAO Releases Report on Emergency Responder Safety

Emergency Responder Safety: States and DOT Are Implementing Actions to Reduce Roadside Crashes

GAO-21-166: Published: Dec 17, 2020.

First responders stopped on the side of the road risk being struck by passing vehicles. To protect these workers, all states and D.C. enacted “Move Over” laws that require motorists to move over to another lane or slow down when they pass a roadside incident.

The Department is planning to study motorist behaviors that contribute to roadside incidents and technologies that protect first responders.