Move Over laws are the result of years of state-by-state advocacy by roadside workers and safety experts.
James Garcia, a South Carolina paramedic, is struck by a passing vehicle in early 1994 while on-scene and responding to a crash. He is later cited as being at fault for the incident.Read More
Two years after being struck, Garcia helps to pass the nation's first law requiring drivers to slow down and move over when approaching active emergency vehicles and workers on the road.Read More
After a series of responder-involved collisions and struck-by incidents, the U.S. Department of Transportation updates the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) in 2000 to include enhanced protections for roadway workers and emergency scene management.Read More
By 2006, a total of 38 states have some form of a Move Over law in place that requires drivers to yield for emergency and/or roadside personnel.Read More
In a 2007 Mason Dixon poll of drivers commissioned by the National Safety Council, 71% of respondents report that they haven't ever heard of Move Over laws.Read More
Driven by continuous education campaigns and advocacy by public safety organizations and responder agencies, every state except for Hawaii and Washington D.C. adopts a Move Over law by 2011.Read More
After two Honolulu police officers are killed on the roadway in the same year, Hawaii passes a Move Over law, becoming the 50th and final state to do so.Read More
In the fall of 2014, the Arizona Professional Towing and Recovery Associations (APTRA) calls on responder agencies nationwide to recognize the third Saturday of every October as National Move Over Day.Read More
Washington D.C. passes a law requiring motorists to yield and change lanes for emergency vehicles, making Move Over policy the law of the land across the United States.Read More
A new public survey commissioned by the National Safety Council and the Emergency Responder Safety Institute finds that Move Over awareness more than doubled between 2007 and 2019, but a third of drivers still remain unfamiliar with the law.Read More
A detailed analysis of state Move Over policies by the US Government Accountability Office finds that the law helps protect responders, but that more work must be done to educate the public, reduce roadside collisions, and prevent injuries and deaths.Read More
Click below for additional Move Over information and resources from some of the organizations, agencies, and advocates working to improve awareness in communities across the country.