Move Over for Responding Tow Trucks, Fire Trucks & Police Vehicles

Move Over New York & Vermont

Each year hundreds of tow truck operators are injured and one is killed every six days performing services roadside on America’s roads. Move Over laws are enacted to protect all first responders on scene. They require motorists to move over and change lanes to give safe clearance to law enforcement officers, firefighters, and tow-truck drivers. Move Over Laws exist in all 50 states and many Canadian provinces. The best option for drivers is to vacate the lane closest to the accident/repair scene. Simply move over one lane to allow a clear lane between you and the first responder. If this is not possible, the second option is to slow down to 20 miles per hours UNDER the speed limit to create a more safe environment for all concerned. It is the motorist's responsibility to be aware of and adhere to these laws.

The New York Move Over Law:

Operation of vehicles when approaching a parked, stopped or standing authorized emergency vehicle or hazard vehicle. (a) Every operator of a motor vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with an authorized emergency vehicle which is parked, stopped or standing on the shoulder or any portion of such highway and such authorized emergency vehicle is displaying one or more red or combination red and white lights pursuant to the provisions of paragraph two of subdivision forty-one of section three hundred seventy-five of this chapter. For operators of motor vehicles on parkways or controlled access highways, such due care shall include, but not be limited to, moving from a lane which contains or is immediately adjacent to the shoulder where such authorized emergency vehicle displaying one or more red or combination red and white lights pursuant to the provisions of paragraph two of subdivision forty-one of section three hundred seventy-five of this chapter is parked, stopped or standing to another lane, provided that such movement otherwise complies with the requirements of this chapter including, but not limited to, the provisions of sections eleven hundred ten of this title and eleven hundred twenty-eight of this title. (b) Every operator of a motor vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with a hazard vehicle which is parked, stopped or standing on the shoulder or on any portion of such highway and such hazard vehicle is displaying one or more amber lights pursuant to the provisions of paragraph three of subdivision forty-one of section three hundred seventy-five of this chapter. For operators of motor vehicles on parkways or controlled access highways, such due care shall include, but not be limited to, moving from a lane which contains or is immediately adjacent to the shoulder where such hazard vehicle displaying one or more amber lights pursuant to the provisions of paragraph three of subdivision forty-one of section three hundred seventy-five of this chapter is parked, stopped or standing to another lane, provided that such movement otherwise complies with the requirements of this chapter including, but not limited to, the provisions of sections eleven hundred ten and eleven hundred twenty-eight of this title.

The Vermont Move Over Law:

The operator of a vehicle which is approaching a stationary law enforcement vehicle which is displaying a blue or blue and white signal lamp, or of a vehicle which is approaching a stationary ambulance, fire apparatus, a vehicle operated by a volunteer firefighter, or a motor vehicle used in rescue operations as set forth in section 1252 of this title which is displaying a red signal lamp, or a stationary towing and repair vehicle displaying an amber signal lamp, shall proceed with caution, and, if traveling on a four-lane highway, and safety conditions permit, make a lane change.

Move Over & Save A Life