Thursday 18th December 2014,
Fairview Township Police Department

Move Over Law

 What is the “Move Over Law”?

The official title is “Duty of Driver in Emergency Response Area”.  An emergency response area is defined as:  “The area in which emergency service responders render emergency assistance to individuals on or near a roadway or a police officer is conducting a traffic stop or systematic check of vehicles or controlling or directing traffic as long as the emergency vehicle is making use of visual signals meeting the requirements of Subchapter D of Chapter 45”.  

When approaching or passing an emergency response area, a person, unless otherwise directed by an emergency service responder, shall:

  • Pass in a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency response area, if possible; or
  • If passing in a nonadjacent lane is impossible, illegal or unsafe, pass the emergency response area at a careful and prudent reduced speed reasonable for safely passing the emergency response area.
  • Penalty:  Any person violating subsection (a) commits a summary offense and shall, upon conviction, pay a fine of not more than $250.