Alabama Move Over Law
Alabama Move Over Law
Section 32-5A-58.2 - Moving over or reducing speed when approaching law enforcement or emergency vehicles.
(a) This section shall be known as the "Alabama Move Over Act."
(b)(1) When an authorized law enforcement vehicle or emergency vehicle making use of any visual signals is parked, or a wrecker displaying amber rotating or flashing lights is performing a recovery or loading on the roadside, the driver of every other vehicle, as soon as it is safe, shall do the following:
a. When driving on an interstate highway or other highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the law enforcement vehicle, emergency vehicle, or wrecker, the driver shall vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle or wrecker unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer. If not safe to move over, the driver shall slow to a speed that is at least 15 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer.
b. When driving on a two-lane road, the driver shall move as far away from the emergency vehicle as possible within his or her lane and slow to a speed that is 15 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or greater or travel at 10 miles per hour when the posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer.
(2) A violation of this subsection is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25). Upon a second violation of this subsection, the fine shall be fifty dollars ($50). Upon a third or subsequent violation, the fine shall be one hundred dollars ($100).
(c)(1) The Department of Public Safety shall provide an educational awareness campaign informing the motoring public about this section. The department shall provide information about this section in all newly printed driver's license educational materials after January 1, 2010.
(2) This section shall not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway.
(3) Notwithstanding subsection (b), this section shall be enforced by a warning citation for six months after August 1, 2009.
Move Over, Alabama. It's the Law
Alabama's "move-over" law requires motorists to move over and slow down when they encounter emergency responders stopped roadside with emergency signals activated.