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“Move Over Law” Protects our Officers

During our snowy season, it is especially important that we ensure the safety of law enforcement, emergency and maintenance vehicles on our roads. Wisconsin’s “Move Over” law requires drivers to shift lanes or slow down in order to provide a 34safety zone34 for a squad car, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck or highway maintenance vehicle that is stopped on the side of a road. Although not required by law, it is also advised that drivers also move over for any other stopped vehicle that may be experiencing mechanical difficulties.1310Drivers have two options for creating a safety zone:

1. If the road has more than one directional lane, like the Interstate, and it is possible to switch lanes safely, you must move over to the lane farthest from the stopped vehicle.

2 . If the road has a single directional lane or you can't safely move over, you must significantly reduce your speed and maintain extra vigilance.

Moving over and slowing down are easy ways to keep our officers and other public servants safe while they’re in the line of duty.