Starting October 1st, workers collecting refuse and materials for recycling will be added to to the state's move over law that requires drivers to move over one lane away (when it is safe to do so) from police, emergency, public service, highway maintenance or utility vehicle that is parked within 12 feet of the highway and is flashing warning lights.
Failing to slow down or move over could result in a citation that comes with a mandatory fine of $250 (plus court costs and a possible increase in insurance points). Damage or injuries resulting from a failure to move over brings a fine of $500. If significant damage is caused to the area of the emergency vehicle — or if emergency personnel or utility crew members are injured — the person is charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. Serious injury or death caused by violating this statute can be punished by a Class I felony, along with a six-month license suspension.
The updated “Move Over” Law passed unanimously in both the House and Senate and was signed by Governor Pat McCrory on May 21. It becomes effective October 1, 2015.
Source: NC Representative Roger West
Read the law on the NC General Assembly website