Chester Township Cops Say Move Over (Video)
The Chester Township Police remind public that the "move over law" is in effect.
Although it has been a law for three years and a courtesy for over three decades, many drivers still do not adhere to the law requiring drivers approaching stationary emergency vehicles, tow trucks and other highway safety vehicles displaying certain flashing lights to move over one lane.
If it is not safe to move over, then drivers must slow down below the posted speed limit. The law requires motor vehicle operators to reduce their speed and change lanes when approaching authorized vehicles displaying emergency lights.
Such vehicles include police, fire and medical services vehicles, and also highway maintenance, tow trucks and official motorist aid vehicles displaying amber emergency lights.
Where possible, drivers are required to move over to create an empty lane next to the emergency vehicle. When safely changing lanes is not possible, drivers must slow down below the posted speed limit prior to passing emergency vehicles. Drivers should also be prepared to stop, if necessary.
According to Division of Highway Traffic Safety Director Pam Fischer, “Motorists approaching stationary flashing lights, whether an ambulance, police, fire or tow truck, must heed the warning and safely move over to another lane, or slow down below the posted speed limit. Remember, emergency responders are there to help. Give them the space they need, so they can work safely.”
For more information on the law, check the Division of Highway Traffic Safety website.