State Police conducting “Move Over Law” patrols this week

("Indiana State Police on patrol" by Steve Baker, CC BY-ND 2.0)

Most people have heard about it before; the Move Over Law. But if you haven’t, you’d better look into it.

This week, Indiana will be working with state troopers law enforcement partners in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

During this time motorists can expect to see additional patrols looking for distracted driving violations which often lead to them failing to move over when they approach an emergency vehicle stopped roadside or at a crash scene.

In 1999, Indiana was the first state in the nation to pass such a law requiring motorists to move to the far lane, or reduce speed by 10 mph below the posted speed limit when driving by police, fire or ambulance emergency vehicle stopped along the side of the road.