OSP Reminds Drivers to Give Way to Workers and Responders on the Roadside

By on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022 in More Top Stories Northeastern Oregon News

EASTERN OREGON – (Release from the Oregon State Police) Each year, hundreds of first responders and roadside workers are struck along our roadways. Oregon law requires drivers to Move Over or Slow Down when approaching stationary vehicles with flashing lights. It is not only the right thing to do, it is the law. 

Your actions could mean life or death.

Drivers must move over to a non-adjacent lane (or slow down) when approaching the rear of police, fire, and ambulance vehicles, as well as any motor vehicle that is stopped and is displaying required warning lights or hazard lights, or a person is indicating distress by using emergency flares or posting emergency signs.

If you can safely move over when approaching a vehicle stopped for an emergency, do so. If you can’t, you must slow down.

Slow down – means reducing your speed by at least five miles per hour below the posted speed of the roadway.