Every day's a good day to remember to 'Move Over'

By Doug Pacey / ADOT Communications

Officially, National “Mover Over” Day is Saturday, Oct. 17. But, really, every day is “Move Over” Day. Because every time you’re driving and see a vehicle stopped on the shoulder with its lights flashing is when you should “Move Over.” 

What is “Move Over?”

Arizona's “Move Over” law requires motorists to move over one lane – or slow down if it isn’t safe to change lanes – when driving by any vehicle with flashing lights pulled to the side of a road or highway. This applies to any vehicle, even a regular passenger car, and also tow trucks, ambulances, fire trucks, police cars and maintenance trucks, like the ones used by ADOT’s Incident Response Unit.

The purpose of the “Move Over” law is to keep safe the people working on and near these vehicles. By moving over one lane, they’re getting a safer environment to work in.

On Saturday, the Arizona Professional Towing & Recovery Association will lead its annual parade of emergency response vehicles, including tow trucks, ambulances, law enforcement cruisers, ADOT Incident Response Unit trucks and more. At the same time, many overhead message boards statewide will display a traffic safety message that encourages drivers to “Move Over” when they see flashing lights.