New Jersey is one of 48 states that has adopted a "Move Over" law. This is a law that protects police and other emergency services vehicles on the shoulder of the road either rendering aid or enforcing the traffic laws. On the books in other states for many years, it wasn't until 2009 that New Jersey got with the program. However, it is also a law that most New Jerseyans know nothing about, and can come with some stiff consequences. Basically, if you are driving and approaching a "stationary authorized emergency vehicle" or "stationary tow truck" you must:
- Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the vehicle, if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
- If such a lane change would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, you must reduce your speed to one that is "reasonable and proper . . . for the existing road and traffic conditions," which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
If you fail to do so, you face a fine of $100 to $500 plus court costs. The New Jersey Attorney General's Office offers this informative information about the law . Be aware on our highways and help keep safe those who are keeping us safe!