Move Over: Why does this law matter?

The story behind the signs airs Thursday night at 6 p.m.

Move Over: Why does this law matter?
Michael Kennedy

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - All this year we’re taking you “Behind the Signs” - the traffic signs.

You’ve seen the electronic billboards along the Ohio roadways of how many people have died in traffic crashes and other road incidents so far this year.

Cleveland 19 explores the faces and stories behind highway traffic deaths.

In January, we told you about Terrell Williams, 24. He was a passenger in a car and unaware the driver was legally intoxicated.

When the crash occurred, Williams was ejected from the vehicle and killed instantly.

Between 2013 and 2017, the Ohio State Patrol reported 58 crashes on state roads due to a failure to obey the Move Over law, which requires all drivers to move over one lane or slow down when they see flashing lights on the side of the interstate. In those crashes, there were 58 people injured and two people killed.

One of those people was Michael Kennedy. The tow truck driver was killed on Monday, May 11, 2015, as he was changing a tire on the side of I-80 Eastbound on the Ohio Turnpike.

Also known as “Turnpike Mike,” he left behind a family that clings to cherished memories of his life and personality.

"He was a character, but there was so many memories," said his daughter, Holly Colman.

Stories behind the sign: The deadly dangers of drivers failing to 'move over' for stopped vehicles

Tonight at 6 on Cleveland 19 News, we’re sharing Michael’s story and telling you why new efforts are underway to protect those who work on Ohio’s roads.

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