The "Move Over" law was designed to protect those who drive emergency and other designated vehicles. The law requires drivers to slow down and move over when approaching a designated vehicle that is stopped in a lane or on the edge/shoulder of a roadway.
This law is in addition to the law that requires drivers to pull over to the side or otherwise yield the right of way when an emergency vehicle (police, fire, ambulance) is approaching with their lights and sirens activated.
The "Move Over" law applies when a designated vehicle is stopped and operating its red, blue or amber lights or has other traffic warning signals displayed.
Designated vehicles include:
All vehicles must be equipped with and operating flashing red, blue or amber lights.
By slowing down and moving over, you will increase the safety of those workers as they perform their duties and reduce the risk of being hit by a vehicle.
If you are driving on an interstate or roadway with multiple lanes of travel in the same direction and approach a designated vehicle with lights flashing parked on the side of the road, you must move over by changing lanes away from the designated vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. If you are not able to safely move over, you must slow down. Leave as much distance as possible between you and the designated vehicle as possible.
On a two-lane roadway, you are required to slow down. Leave as much distance between you and the designated vehicle as possible.
The general rule is to create a buffer lane by slowing down and putting as much distance as possible between you and the stopped vehicle.
Where there is another lane going in the same direction, and only if it is safe to do so, slow down and change lanes so that there is a full lane between you and the designated vehicle.
If a lane change is not possible, remain in the lane you are traveling but put as much distance as possible between you and the designated vehicle.
Slow down and change lanes, but only if it's safe to do so. You must yield to on-coming traffic or traffic in the other lane. Otherwise, stop your vehicle and wait until you can safely proceed. You should only pass a designated vehicle if it is safe to do so.
Change lanes if there is another lane for traveling in the same direction, or otherwise place as much distance as safely possible between your vehicle and the designated vehicle.
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Failure to move over may result in a citation and a fine. More seriously, you could crash into the designated vehicle or strike an individual, causing serious injury or death to another person or yourself.