Bismarck, N.D. – Two serious crashes and several close calls on North Dakota roadways have highlighted the need to remind motorists to obey the “Move Over Law” when encountering authorized emergency vehicles and maintenance vehicles. Since January 1, 2013, two North Dakota Highway Patrol vehicles, with lights activated, have been struck while providing traffic control. These crashes have resulted in several injuries to the troopers and motorists involved.
When vehicles approach an authorized emergency vehicle on a multi-lane highway outside city limits, motorists must move to a lane not adjacent to the emergency vehicle. This must be done with regard to safety and other traffic. If the motorist cannot move to another lane, the driver must proceed with caution, reduce speed, and maintain a safe speed for road conditions.
“The purpose of this law is to ensure safety for all emergency and maintenance personnel working along our state’s roads,” said Col. Jim Prochniak. “We urge citizens to obey this important law to provide a safe environment for all those involved.”
Failure to comply with the Move Over Law may result in a $50 fine and two points assessed to their driving record.