PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Many states have something on the books called the Move Over/Slow Down law. The law was created to keep emergency workers on the side of the freeway safe while they do their jobs. The law applies to any emergency vehicle that has its lights activated. Drivers are required to move over to another lane and if that's not possible they need to slow down to a reasonable speed.

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But how many drivers know what this law means? Stanley Roberts visited the north Phoenix Motor Vehicle Division to test drivers of this law, and let's just say the results were surprising. 

Arizona Revised Statutes §28-775 E-1-2

If a person driving a vehicle approaches a stationary, authorized emergency vehicle that is giving a signal and displaying alternately flashing red, red and blue lights, the person shall do one of the following:

  1. If on a highway having at least 2 lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle, proceed with due caution and if possible, with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, yield the right of way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency vehicle.
  2. If changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe proceed with due caution and reduce speed, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions. 
Caught Misbehaving with Stanley Roberts exposes individuals who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy, risking social and/or legal consequences. His reports air regularly on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.

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Stanley exposes individuals who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy, risking social and/or legal consequences.

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Seems like many Drivers don't know the meaning of the term "common sense".



The law in Arizona does not apply solely to emergency vehicles. It also applies to every vehicle that is displaying a flashing light - including Joe Blow on the side with a flat tire and his 4 ways (hazards) flashing.

Joe Tax Payer

Very true...but do not move over into the passing lanes and slow down it's one or the other. Move over and maintain the posted speed limit or stay in your lane and slow as you pass the vehicle stopped with it's flashing lights on .

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