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Mid-South drivers concerned about interstate safety

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(WMC-TV) – Driving along any busy stretch of interstate, it's not uncommon to see someone pulled over on the side of the road.  But that doesn't mean that it's safe to get out of the car.  And it's even more important for drivers passing by to slow down or move to another lane.

Saturday afternoon Joe Webb was stranded on the side of I-55 near the Mississippi border.  He had a flat tire, pulled over into the emergency lane and changed his tire.  All the while cars continued passing by him, almost none of them slowing down or moving over.

"I'd say they are going 65-70 miles per hour.  I think they ought to get in the lane if they can," said Webb.

But moving over for a stranded motorist is just a courtesy. Tennessee's "Move Over Law", passed in 2006, only requires you to move over, when it's safe to do so, or slow down for emergency vehicles.

If you're a driver that needs to pull over to the side of the road, make sure it's an emergency lane, turn on your flashers and call for help. If you must exit the car, watch for traffic.

"I'm a truck guy and I do it every day and if I see someone broke down I pull over," said Webb.

Webb says just because the law doesn't require you to move over, doesn't mean you shouldn't.  He says after hearing about a fatal crash Saturday morning, and watching cars pass him while he changed his tire, he'll think twice next time.

"Everyone should move over but they don't," said Webb.

Another idea, keep an LED flashlight in your car.  If you have to get out of the car at night, you can use the flash light to alert drivers. Also, keep a reflector vest in your trunk.

And if something falls out of your while you're driving, it may be best to contact police to help you safely retrieve it. 

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