National Association of Police Organizations

Washington DC Move Over Law

Currently No Laws Enacted

Please Promote Awareness and Safety On Our Roadways

Slow Down and Change Lanes Whenever Possible To Give Them Room

The Law

There are currently no "move over" laws in Washington DC.


The American Safety Commission Urges Drivers to Move Over, Slow Down for Tow Trucks

Every year, first responders across the country are injured or killed on the job while providing emergency services along America’s highways. The “Move Over” Law aims to make all roadside emergency and maintenance professionals safer.

Who? 90% of respondents to a national poll by Mason Dixon Polling and Research sponsored by the NSC, believe traffic stops and roadside emergencies are dangerous for law enforcement and first responders. 86% of these respondents support enacting “Move Over” laws in all 50 states.

What? The “Move Over” Law, effective in all 50 states, requires drivers approaching a stationary emergency or maintenance vehicle with flashing lights to move to the next adjacent lane if it is safe to do so, and, if that is not possible, to reduce their speed. Each state has their own set of consequences, and failure to comply can result in fines, license suspension, or even jail time.

Why? Over 150 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed since 1999 after being struck by vehicles along America’s highways according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

When? Kansas was the first state to enact the law in 2000.Hawaii was the most recent state to pass the law in 2012.

Where? Washington D.C. is the only area in the nation that have yet to pass the “Move Over” Law.

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