Honoring Lt. Brad Clark: Harsher penalties for violators of Va.’s ‘Move Over’ law coming

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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill on Monday that would bring harsher punishment to drivers in Virginia for not moving over for stationary vehicles displaying warning lights on the interstate. 

The legislation Northam signed, House Bill 1911, could bring a reckless driving charge for a violation of Virginia’s “Move Over” law.  

The bill comes in the wake of the death of Hanover Fire-EMS Lieutenant Brad Clark, who was killed in the line of duty on Oct. 11 while responding to a crash on Interstate 295 during Tropical Storm Michael.  

In a Facebook post on Friday, the Hanover County Fire-EMS Department thanked the people who joined them to witness Northam sign the changes into law:

Northam also signed another bill, House Bill 2011, to establish the Lt. Brad Clark’s Memorial License Plate. The plates are in honor of Lt. Clark’s memory and remind drivers to move over and use caution when first responders are on the side of the interstate. 

There needed to be 450 plates registered in order to push the initiative forward, but the number reached 515 paid registrations.

The support for the license plates swelled and led both chambers of Virginia’s Transportation Committee to approve the plates unanimously. 

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