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What is the Move Over Law?

On September 13, 2011, Officer Eric Fontes was struck and killed by another vehicle while on a routine traffic stop on Farrington Highway. Four months later on January 21, 2012, Officer Garret Davis was killed when his vehicle was struck from behind as he was rendering aid to a stalled vehicle on the H-1 freeway. Because of these tragic deaths and many other traffic related injuries to emergency responders, Governor Neil Abercrombie signed Hawaii's "Move Over" bill into law.

Whenever drivers approach any emergency vehicle, whether it be police, fire, ambulance, or even a tow vehicle, drivers need to move over or slow down to a reasonable and prudent speed, taking into account, weather and road conditions, vehicular traffic and pedestrians in the immediate area. If necessary, drivers should be prepared to come to a complete stop and if possible make a lane change when the roadway is clear or instructed to by emergency personnel. On a multi-lane roadway, drivers should make a lane change into the adjacent lane if necessary and if it is safe to do so. If possible, drivers should move two lanes over which leaves one lane open between the driver and the emergency vehicle.

Failure to comply with the Move Over law may result in a traffic citation, followed by a mandatory court appearance and up to a $1000 fine.

What is the Move Over Law?