A practice followed by professional truck drivers for decades would be
mandatory for all drivers if an effort in the Massachusetts General Court is
The measure, dubbed the “Move Over” bill, is designed to protect police
and other emergency personnel during roadside stops.
Motorists would be required to yield the right-of-way when an ambulance
or police vehicle is approaching with lights and sirens activated.
They also would be required to maintain a safe distance and reduce
speed when approaching stationary emergency vehicles by the road with their
Sponsored by Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein, D-Revere, H1966 would require
drivers to merge into a lane further away from an emergency vehicle. On
two-lane highways, drivers would be required to reduce speed by 20 mph before
passing the emergency vehicle.
Failure to obey the rule would result in a $50 fine.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 30
states have implemented similar rules.