Expanded Move Over Law Aimed At Improving Safety

Beginning January 1st, drivers will be required to move over to another lane or slow down by at least five miles an hour below the speed limit for any vehicle stopped next to the side of the road displaying hazard lights. Under the current law, drivers have to move over only for an emergency vehicle, a roadside assistance vehicle, a tow vehicle or ambulance, when it is displaying warning lights.
The new law makes it clear that drivers have a choice to either move over or slow down; The offense remains a Class B traffic violation. ODOT introduced Senate Bill 34 as a means to increase safety for drivers stopped along Oregon’s highways by expanding the law to include all stopped motor vehicles displaying hazard lights or indicating distress. Between 2011 and 2015, there were 167 crashes and eight people died in incidents where a vehicle was parked on the side of the road and there was no emergency vehicle with lights on. The bill states a person is not in violation of the move over law if the stopped motor vehicle is in a designated parking area.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 and is filed under Local News, State News.