State Patrol reminds drivers to Move Over/Slow Down for emergency responders and other roadside workers

​Release date: October 5, 2020

In the last two years (2018 and 2019), there were a total of 1,676 traffic convictions in Wisconsin for violating the state’s Move Over law. With National Move Over Day set for October 17, 2020, the Wisconsin State Patrol’s October Law of the Month reminds drivers to move over or slow down when they approach stopped emergency responders, tow trucks, utility or maintenance vehicles with warning lights flashing.

“Emergency responders face significant risks when stopped along highways - especially when they’re outside their vehicle to assist at incident scenes,” Wisconsin State Patrol Superintendent Tony Burrell said.

The state’s Move Over law (Section 346.072, Wis. Stats.) requires drivers to move out of the lane closest to stopped law enforcement vehicles, ambulances, fire trucks, tow trucks, utility or highway maintenance vehicles that have their warning lights activated. If unable to move over, vehicle operators must slow down. Violations can result in a citation of $263.

“Whether it’s a routine traffic stop, helping a stranded motorist or assisting at a crash scene, law enforcement officers and other emergency responders are often just a few feet away from moving traffic,” Superintendent Burrell said. “We all want to get home safely, so we’re asking drivers to be alert, move over or slow down and provide a safety zone for roadside workers.”

Attention news editors: use the link below to access State Patrol videos and photos that highlight the dangers faced by emergency responders.

Dates and locations of the crashes include:

  • June 24, 2019, I-94 in Dane County
  • December 2, 2018, I-94 in Kenosha County
  • September 4, 2018, I-41 in Outagamie County
  • July 19, 2013, I-43 in Sheboygan County

To access the videos/photos:

  1. Go to this link: ftp://ftp.dot.wi.gov/dbm/bs/ccs/MoveOverSupportingMedia/
  2. Place the mouse cursor over the file/link
  3. Right click and select the option to “Save target as” (or similar verbiage)
  4. Select an appropriate location on your computer/network to download the video file

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581, opa.exec@dot.wi.gov