New 'move over' law expanded for Oregon drivers

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, file photo, truck and automobile traffic mix on Interstate 5. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Starting in 2018, drivers will have to move over or slow down for any vehicle pulled over on the side of the road that is displaying a warning signal or other sign of distress.

"We've seen too many tragic stories of regular citizens who have car trouble getting either hit or killed," said Detective Mark Povolny with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The new rule expands and existing law that applies to an emergency vehicle, a roadside assistance vehicle, a tow vehicle or ambulance, when it is displaying warning lights.

If drivers are unable to move over they are required to slow down five miles under the current speed limit.

"If it's just a two lane highway and there's only one lane in your direction then, obviously, you don't have a lane to move over into. That's when you have to slow down at least five miles an hour under the limit," Povolny said.

Drivers could be ticketed under the new law and face a fine of $260.

ODOT introduced the legislation:

"Between 2011 and 2015 in Oregon, there were 167 serious crashes and eight people died in incidents where a vehicle was parked on the side of the road and there was no emergency vehicle with lights on involved. During that same time frame, in incidents where an emergency vehicle with lights on was aiding a motorist, there were just six serious crashes and no fatalities."

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