Road Rules – Local Move Over Laws
Every state has local Move Over laws with their own variations, unique to each state. These are essential to the safety of motorists, emergency responders, and those needing emergency services.
Why are these laws so important?
Essentially, these laws require motorists to slow down and move over any time there is an emergency, maintenance, or construction vehicle on the side of the road. Each of the 50 states has their own laws. Be sure to be aware of your state’s laws for roadside safety, but also to prevent being pulled over. In Wyoming, moving over for those on the side of the road, is not only common courtesy, but is required. According to the Wyoming Department of Transportation, as of 2018, motorists are required to drive in the farthest lane away from the stopped vehicle. On two-lane roads above 45mph, motorists are required to slow down to 20mph below the posted speed limit. The fine for this can be a hefty $235.
Many responders die each year because other motorists aren’t paying attention. According to Emergency Responder Safety Institute, in 2022 alone, 17 law enforcement officers and 11 Fire/EMS responders lost their lives. These numbers could be even higher because there is no official way to track, accurately, the deaths due to lack of following the Move Over laws.
Be Aware and Stay Safe
It is well known that it’s important to be aware of firetrucks, law enforcement, and EMS workers, but tow truck operators are included in our Move Over Laws. Even though their trucks are large, noticeable, and have flashing lights, many times, they are at greater risk. The operators are on the ground, under the vehicle needing a tow, or changing a tire. Frequently, in Wyoming, this takes place on poorly lit highways or completely unlit areas.
These are all reasons to pay attention to the road, keep your hands on the wheel, and slow down, when approaching a parked vehicle or an incident that you will need to go around. When doing so, you help make sure that everyone makes it home at the end of the day.
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