Sunday, August 04, 2013

Move Over Law

In Massachusetts, drivers are required to move "into a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency response vehicle, highway maintenance vehicle or recovery vehicle" whenever possible.  The aim is to make police, firefighters, paramedics, tow truck drivers, and all roadside emergency and maintenance professionals safer on the job.

The Move Over Law, which took effect March 22, 2009, requires drivers approaching a stationary emergency or maintenance vehicle with flashing lights to move to the next adjacent lane if it is safe to do so, and, barring that, to reduce their speed. Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to $100. 

All citizens are asked to make a personal pledge to always move over to make Massachusetts roadways safer for everyone.  

For more on this and other public safety laws visit our page Massachusetts Law About Traffic Violations.