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Move Over law important as holidays approach

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Millions of travelers will hit the road this Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile, emergency responders like police and tow truck operators want everyone to be aware of the Move Over law.

CBS 3 rode along with a driver from Interstate Towing who says the law may be required, but often drivers forget all about it.

"People don't realize how important it is," said driver Rich Bixby.

Since 2009, the Move Over law has been on the books in Massachusetts in an effort to keep emergency responders like Bixby safe.

But he says when he's working on a job, it's almost like people don't even know about it.

"A lot of people don't pay attention," he said.

Every year, first responders are killed while they're working.

Earlier this week, two state police troopers were hit by passing cars on highways. Those cases are under investigation and the troopers will be OK.

At Interstate Towing, there have also been some close calls.

"I saw him coming so I just kind of watched him and he looked right at me and just kept coming, I just kind of gripped the side of the bed and held on," said tow truck operator Mike Swentinckus.

And Thanksgiving is the busiest travel holiday of the year.

"With the holiday travel, we're busy 24 hours a day," Bixby said.

TripAdvisor reports that 35 percent of travelers will travel this week - 28 percent traveled the day before Thanksgiving, and 31 percent are hitting the roads on Thanksgiving.

That's why Bixby and his coworkers want to remind travelers of the law that could end up saving his life.

"My main concern is to get home and be safe, get back to my family," Bixby said.

If caught breaking the Move Over law, it is a $100 fine.

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