COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The state of Ohio is raising awareness for its Move Over Law, after more than 500 roadside crashes and 21 deaths were reported this year.

Ohio’s Move Over Law requires drivers to move over and slow down for any stationary vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road no matter the color of the lights and extends to law enforcement officers, emergency responders, road construction and maintenance vehicle, utility crews, and tow trucks.

“I mean it’s still scary to this day,” said Dustin McClary, a tow truck operator with AAA.

McClary still remembers that fateful day last December, when he was involved in a roadside crash that nearly took his life. He was on I-70 changing a tire on a person’s car on the left-hand side of the road when a vehicle that didn’t move over or slow down struck the car he was working on.

“Next thing I know it sideswiped into the car, pushed the car into me, and nosedived into my tow truck,” said McClary.

However, he’s not the only one who’s experienced something like this.

Between 2015 to 2020, the state of Ohio had a total of 5,561 roadside-related crashes, And data from ODOT shows that around 74 percent of those crashes occurred on straight roads, with over half happening in broad daylight.

“The fact that these are happening by and large on straight stretches of roadway, tells me that drivers aren’t paying attention,” said Matt Bruning, statewide press secretary for ODOT.

It’s why Saturday was recognized as Move Over Day across Ohio, to not only remind motorists of the state law, but also the fact that many of these roadside workers have families waiting for them to come home.

“When you do that, you’re taking the chance of killing somebody that’s on the side of the road, and I have never got a text message or a notification that was more important than somebody’s life,” said Brittney Koch, the wife of an ODOT worker.

Failure to follow the move-over law also results in serious penalties, including a misdemeanor charge and up to double the usual fines for a first violation.