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"Move Over" Law Focus of Enforcement Effort Weds, May 23, on Interstate 5 in Jackson County
05/22/2012
Lieutenant Kelly Collins
Oregon State Police - Central Point
(541) 776-6236

Following recent near misses involving motorists failing to move over for Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers on the side of area highways in Jackson County, OSP will be conducting a targeted enforcement effort Wednesday, May 23, from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Interstate 5 in Jackson County. Originally passed in 2003, Oregon's "Move Over" law is designed to increase safety for travelers and those working along our roads by maintaining a safe distance for emergency responders.
 
The "Move Over" law (ORS 811.147) states that if you are driving up behind or next to any type of emergency vehicle (police car, ambulance or public safety vehicle), a roadside assistance vehicle or a tow vehicle working on the side of the road with emergency lights flashing, you must:
  • Move over to a non-adjacent lane on a highway having two or more lanes for traffic in a single direction; or,
  • Slow down to a speed that is at least five miles per hour under the post speed limit if making a lane change is unsafe or impossible (two directional, two-lane highway).
 
With the Memorial Day Holiday weekend approaching, OSP troopers' goal is to educate the public and gain compliance through enforcement. During enforcement contacts, troopers will have fliers available to handout to motorists with more information about the Move Over law.
 
It is a common occurrence for OSP troopers and other emergency service providers to have "close calls" while helping the public and working along side our roadways. Because most of the incidents happen as troopers are already engaged in an enforcement contact or on scene of an incident such as a traffic crash or motorist assist, the violator is often not contacted. Even though the Move Over law has been in effect in Oregon for nine years, many people stopped for the violation often say they were not aware of the law.
 
A partnership between OSP and Oregon Department of Transportation has helped create media opportunities for public outreach. Additional public outreach materials and information is available on ODOT's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/Traffic_Enforcement.shtml#Move_Over_or_Slow_Down_Law.
 
Failure to comply with the Move Over law can result in a fine up to $260.

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