New Jersey considers ‘move over’ law

| 4/26/2007

A practice followed by professional truck drivers for decades would become law for all drivers in a bill advancing in the New Jersey Senate. The proposal is designed to protect certain vehicles and emergency personnel during roadside stops.

The Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs Committee voted to advance a bill – S2422 – to the chamber floor that would require drivers to maintain a safe distance and reduce speed before passing emergency vehicles, tow trucks or highway maintenance vehicles parked by the road with their lights flashing.

Dubbed the “Move Over Act,” the bill would require drivers to merge into a lane further away from emergency vehicles, tow trucks or highway maintenance vehicles, if practical. On two-lane highways, drivers would be required to reduce speed before passing.

Failure to obey the rule would result in up to a $500 fine.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 30 states have implemented similar safety zone rules.