Bismarck, N.D. – Since February 2013, four North Dakota Highway Patrol vehicles, with activated lights, have been struck by other motorists while providing traffic control or on a traffic stop, resulting in several injuries to the troopers and motorists involved. The NDHP reminds drivers to obey the Move Over Law when encountering authorized emergency vehicles and maintenance vehicles.
“Drivers need to move over and slow down to create a safe environment,” said Col. Jim Prochniak. “This important law ensures safety for all emergency personnel working along our state’s roads and also the motorists who are traveling by.”
When vehicles approach an authorized emergency vehicle on a multi-lane highway outside city limits, drivers must move to a lane not adjacent to the emergency vehicle with regard to safety and other traffic. If the driver cannot move to another lane, they must proceed with caution, reduce speed, and maintain a safe speed for road conditions.
Failure to comply with the Move Over Law may result in a $50 fine and two points assessed to their driving record.