Move over for flashing lights—it’s the law

Courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety

Emergency responders working on the shoulder of the road have got your back. Do you have theirs?

Minnesota’s Ted Foss Move Over Law was named in honor of the State Patrol trooper who was killed while on the shoulder of Interstate 90 in Winona in 2000. The law states:

• When traveling on a road with two or more 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.

• Reduce speed if unable to safely move over a lane.

• As of July 1, 2023, the law was expanded to include stalled or disabled vehicles with lights flashing, or if at least one person is visibly present outside the vehicle. • Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. Fines can exceed $100.