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Move Over California – New Traffic Law effective January 2010

Posted by editor On February - 13 - 2010

“People were not slowing down and it’s very dangerous for the emergency services personnel to be on the side of the road” said Tela Mange, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.


So I guess these days if you happen to be driving especially on a highway and overlooking somekind of eye-catching scene and do that rubber-necking look on what’s going on on the side of the road you ought to be very careful about where you do this from – the new law require you to move to the furthest lane possible away from the scene if you slow down and still on the lane closest to the scene WATCH OUT you may be fine!

In California, the “Move-over” law became effective on January 1, 2010.

I’ve got a circulated email message:

I want to let my friends know about the CA move over law.
One of my friend’s son got a ticket on Pleasant Hill coming back from Wal-Mart.
A police car was on the side of the road giving a ticket to someone else.
His son slowed down to pass but did not move into the other lane. The second police car
immediately pulled him over and gave him a ticket. His son said had never heard of the law.
It is a fairly new law that states if any emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, if you are able, you
are to move into the far lane.

The cost of the ticket is $754, with 3 points on your license
and a mandatory court appearance.

However the California’s “move over” law that was implemented in 2007 has stated standard penalties that seems to be exagerated in the circulated email message:

California has had a “Move Over, Slow Down” law for several years. The law that took effect January 1, 2010 made it permanent and added Caltrains trucks to the list of vehicles you must make way for, which includes police cars, fire engines, ambulances and tow trucks. If you see an emergency vehicle on the side of a highway with lights flashing, you must slow down and move into an adjacent lane if it is safe to do so. The fine [for violating this law] is around $146, with one point on your record.

well with that being said don’t move over because of just the fine but do it for the safety of others and yourself as well.


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