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Did You Know? The ‘Move Over Law’




Your safety on the road is our biggest concern, and we want to make sure you know about a law that’s designed to protect you and others.

The “Move Over Law” has been in effect since 2003. It requires you to move to another lane or slow down when approaching certain vehicles – including police, fire, EMS and tow trucks – that are stopped on the side of the road with their emergency lights activated.

It’s designed to keep first responders safe while they work next to a busy road.

The law requires you to either:

  • Leave the lane closest to the first responder stopped on the side of the road.

– or –

  • Lower your speed to 20 mph below the limit. (If the speed limit is below 25 mph, you must slow down to 5 mph.)

If you can’t change lanes safely and legally, you must slow down.

Violating the law can result in a fine of up to $200, and the fine increases to $500 if you damage property while failing to obey the law. If you cause bodily injury, you can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, resulting in possible jail time and a maximum fine of $2,000.

Now you know. Please keep everyone’s safety in mind when you drive.

And if you’re ever stopped on the side of an NTTA road without an emergency vehicle to protect you, dial #999, and we’ll dispatch free help right away.