Move Over Safety Tips

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Sample message:

"If you see an emergency vehicle stopped along a roadway with flashing lights:

  1. Immediately slow down
  2. Move over if you can safely do so
  3. Switch to a lane that’s not immediately next to the emergency vehicle, if possible.

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Source: NHTSA




Sample message:

"[Agency Name] would like you to follow these steps when you see a stopped emergency or service vehicle on the road:

  • Always remain alert. Avoid distractions and focus on the task of driving.
  • Watch for situations where emergency vehicles, tow trucks, utility service vehicles or disabled vehicles are stopped on the side of the road.
  • When approaching an emergency vehicle with lights flashing on the side of a two-lane roadway, drivers should slow down to a speed that is safe and approach with caution unless otherwise directed by an emergency worker on the scene. Some states recommend slowing to a speed that is 10-20 mph less than the posted speed limit.
  • On multi-lane roadways, slow down when you see the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle at the roadside and, if possible, move over into an adjacent lane. If you are unable to switch lanes, slow to a speed that is safe and reasonable."

Source: Hawaii Police Dept.




Sample message:

"It’s not just a safe thing to do — it’s the law. When you approach any stationary emergency vehicle, which includes police vehicles, tow trucks or highway maintenance vehicles, you are required to:

  • Provide enough space that is sensible and safe for the emergency vehicle
  • If you’re in the lane next to the emergency vehicle and it’s practical and safe to do so, move over a lane"

Source: Illinois Tollway


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