Arizona’s Move Over Law

Move Over. Every Vehicle, Every Time. It’s the Law.

Arizona’s “Move Over” law requires motorists to move over one lane—or slow down if it is unsafe to change lanes—when driving by any vehicle with flashing lights pulled to the side of a road or highway.

Arizona Revised Statute 28-775
Authorized emergency vehicles; approaching; following fire apparatus; passing stationary vehicles; defensive driving schools; driver license examinations Source: azleg.gov/ars/28/00775.htm

A. Except when otherwise directed by a police officer, on the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle that is equipped with at least one lighted lamp exhibiting a red or red and blue light or lens visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred feet to the front of the vehicle and that is giving an audible signal by siren, exhaust whistle or bell, the driver of another vehicle shall:

  1. Yield the right-of-way.
  2. Immediately drive to a position parallel to and as close as possible to the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway clear of any intersection.
  3. Stop and remain in the position prescribed in paragraph 2 of this subsection until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.

“Maintenance workers and crash responders have been hit, injured, and killed by motorists too frequently. Families and lives are shattered as a result. This post is not just an exercise in words. Your attention to, and sharing of this message with others, may save someone from injury or death.” – John Halikowski / ADOT Director

Protect Those Who Protect You. Please.

For more on Arizona’s Move Over Law, go to MoveOverAZ.org