Move Over Laws

National Campaign Launches Effort Educating Drivers to "Move Over" and Protect THOSE ALONG OUR Roadways

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 175 law enforcement officers nationwide were killed in the line of duty between 1999 and 2011 after being struck by a vehicle. To lower that deadly toll, a new coalition of traffic safety and law enforcement groups is launching a nationwide public awareness campaign to protect emergency personnel along our nation's roadsides.


As of 2012, all states have passed "Move Over" laws, which require motorists to move over and change lanes to give safe clearance to emergency vehicles on roadsides.

Too many motorists still do not understand the importance of Move Over laws. Drivers: please help protect the people who protect you, and follow this common-sense law. Slow down or Move Over away from emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. The stakes are just too high.

Most "Move Over" laws require drivers to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles with their lights flashing. This includes police cruisers, Sheriff's or Highway Patrol vehicles, fire trucks, tow trucks and ambulances.

Our nation's law enforcement professionals put their lives on the line to protect our citizens. Slowing down and changing lanes to give our first responders the space they need to stay safe is the least we can do in return. It's what we must do. Move Over - It's the law.

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