All 50 states have enacted “Move Over” laws, stating that drivers slow down and move over to another lane at the sight of flashing lights on the side of the road, indicating the risk of injury or worse is still present. The National Safety Council shares these findings:
- 24% don’t realize that there are legal requirements for what drivers must do when they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road.
- 16% said they have either struck or nearly struck a first responder or emergency vehicle stopped on or near the road.
- Between January and April of 2019, 16 emergency responders have been struck and killed by vehicles.
- 71% of U.S. drivers take photos or videos when they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road responding to a fire or a crash, or simply making a routine traffic stop.
- 80% of drivers say they slow down to get a better look when they see an emergency response vehicle tending to a fire, crash or traffic stop—backing up traffic and creating safety hazards.
When an emergency vehicle is stopped along a roadway:
- Immediately slow down
- Move over if you can safely do so
- Switch to a lane that’s not immediately next to the emergency vehicle, if possible