Get To Know Georgia's Move Over Law - It May Save A Life

Released June 13, 2016 01:30 PM

Move Over Law from Alpharetta DPS Foundation on Vimeo.

Did you know according to FBI statistics; traffic crashes claim the lives of more police personnel in the line of duty than any other cause of death including shootings.


Move-Over Laws were passed in the aftermath of growing numbers of police, emergency technicians and DOT workers being killed during routine traffic stops, crash responses and highway construction projects around the nation. In an effort to prevent the loss of life of our first responders and motorists who use our roadways, Georgia enacted its Move-Over law in 2003. Today, more than 42 states have enacted similar legislation.


Georgia’s Move-Over Law requires motorists to move over one lane when approaching any authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck, or highway construction vehicle. By moving over one lane, motorists leave the lane adjacent to the authorized vehicles clear.


If a motorist cannot safely move over one lane, state law requires the motorist to slow down to a reasonable speed for the existing traffic and safety conditions that is lower than the posted speed limit. Motorists should be prepared to stop.


By understanding and complying with Georgia’s Move-Over Law, we protect those who serve us and we make our roadways safer for all Georgians!