Slow Down, Move Over

On January 27, 2009, New Jersey enacted a “Slow Down, Move Over” law, joining over 40 other states that have already had a similar law.

Drivers approaching a stationary emergency vehicle, a tow truck, emergency services or highway maintenance vehicle must:

  • Make a lane change to a lane not adjacent to the emergency vehicle if safe and legal, or
  • If it is not possible to make the above lane change, must slow down and be prepared to stop.

The emergency and service vehicles will be identified by alternating, blinking or flahing blue, red or yellow lights, or a combination of lights containing at least one of these colors.

Violations of the law will result in a minimum $100 fine.

More information about Move Over laws from around the country can be found at The video presented above was sponsored by the American Automobile Association and the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition.