INFORMATION RELEASE

Subject: Reminder about the "Move Over Law"
Date: 2022-07-20
From: Lieutenant Krag Campbell
Case or Incident: #N/A
Summary:

Many States Call it the Move Over Law.

A Move Over law is a law which requires motorists to move over and change lanes when approaching stationary emergency vehicles.

Alaska has just such a law. It is Alaska Statute 28.35.185 - Overtaking and Passing Certain Stationary Vehicles. The law requires that a driver of a vehicle that approaches a stationary emergency vehicle, fire vehicle, law enforcement vehicle, tow truck in the act of picking up a vehicle, vehicle in the act of performing maintenance or road service work, or animal control vehicle being used to perform official duties, when the stationary vehicle is displaying flashing emergency lights on a highway or roadway. If possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions, vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle. If a lane change would be impossible, prohibited by law, or unsafe, slow to a reasonable and prudent speed considering the traffic, roadway, and weather conditions;

A person who violates this section is guilty of an infraction or a class A misdemeanor if personal injury results from the person's failure to vacate the lane or slow as required by this section.

Please keep everyone's safety in mind when approaching stopped emergency vehicles on the roadway.

All factual allegations contained in this release are based upon preliminary investigation and are subject to change or clarification as the investigation continues. Any charges reported in this release are merely accusations and all persons named in this release are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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