Drivers may be cited for failing to obey this important law
Sunday, July 31, 2016
- For Immediate Release -
Arizona — This Fourth of July weekend, it will be more important than ever for motorists in Arizona to adhere to the State’s Move Over law. Arizona's Move Over law is a measure designed to protect the lives of everyone who uses our roadways. The law requires all drivers to move over one lane to create a safe margin of space when passing by any vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road.
Across the nation, hundreds of people are killed or injured every year when they're struck by a vehicle after pulling over to the side of the road or highway. On average throughout the country, these "struck-by" crashes kill one tow-truck driver every six days; 23 highway workers and one law-enforcement officer every month; and five firefighters every year. Additionally, stranded motorists are also struck and killed.
Hundreds of stranded motorists and several DPS troopers have died on the side of Arizona’s highways and freeways as a result of vehicles failing to move over.
“Arizona’s Move Over law is a very simple law to follow, and doing so will help save lives this holiday weekend and everyday going forward,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Lugo, Assistant Director of the Highway Patrol Division at AZDPS.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.