Move Over Law Protects First Responders

Move Over
In Massachusetts the Move Over Law aims 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.

Every year, first responders across the country are injured or killed on the job while providing emergency help and, this summer six Massachusetts state troopers were injured in as many weeks. One trooper died from his injuries. All citizens are asked to make a personal pledge to always move over to make Massachusetts roadways safer for everyone.