Updated “Move Over” Law Begins Wednesday In Minnesota
Get ready to slow down or get ticketed.
Beginning this Wednesday (August 8th) drivers in Minnesota could face a hefty fine if they don't do just that. An updated version of the "Ted Foss Move Over Law" will take effect midweek.
The "Ted Foss Move Over Law" used to apply to just four-lane roads and stated that "when traveling on a road with four lanes, drivers must keep over one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated — ambulance, fire, law enforcement, maintenance, construction vehicles and tow trucks."
Now, this law has been updated to include two-lane roads as well and will go into place midweek.
Minnesota State Highway Patrol posted about their news on Facebook, reminding everyone to "keep your eyes on the road and move over when you see flashing lights. If you can’t move over, slow down. It’s the law."
WCCO News in Minneapolis reports this new expansion was brought about by a lineman and his co-worker, after "having his hard hat blown off by cars driving too close."
The law acknowledges that drivers may not be able to get a full lane away and therefore, under law, must reduce their speed until they have passed the vehicle in question.
If you violate the "Move Over" law, you can face a fine of up to $100 dollars.