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Move Over If You See Flashing Lights

Traffic laws are designed to keep drivers like you safe on Oklahoma’s roadways. Driving at or below the speed limit, coming to a complete stop at stop signs, and using your turn signal before turning are all important when it comes to reducing your risks and avoiding crashes.

But there’s another important law that’s been on the books since 2002 that many drivers are still unaware of—the “Move Over” law. It means that if you see flashing lights on the side of the road and you’re in the right-most lane, you should move over to create additional space.

What Vehicles Do You Have to Move Over For?

There are four types of vehicles that you’re required to move over for if their flashing lights are on:

  • Law enforcement vehicles, including police and state trooper vehicles
  • Emergency vehicles, including rescue vehicles
  • First responder vehicles, including ambulances and fire trucks
  • Tow trucks, including wreckers

In addition to moving over for stopped vehicles, you should also move over for emergency vehicles with active flashing lights when they’re approaching your location. That’s because all emergency vehicles have the right of way when they’re being used to respond to calls. If an emergency vehicle is headed towards you, pull over to the right-hand side of the road to make room for it to pass.

Hurt by a Driver Who Broke the Law? We’re Here to Help.

At Parrish DeVaughn, we know that when people violate traffic laws, they put themselves and others in danger. And if they cause crashes, they should be held responsible for their negligence.

Whether they violated the Move Over law, the state’s texting while driving law, or any other traffic law, we’re here to help if you or someone you love was injured by a negligent driver. Contact our Oklahoma City auto accident attorneys today.