Ask a Sheriff: What is expected of drivers regarding the “Move Over Law”?

A: Minnesota’s  Ted Foss Move Over Law was named in honor of the State Patrol trooper who was killed while on the shoulder of I-90 in Winona in 2000. The law states:

When traveling on a road with two or more lanes in the same direction, drivers must keep over one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated — ambulance, fire, law enforcement, tow trucks, maintenance and construction vehicles.

Reduce speed if unable to safely move over a lane.

Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. Fines are approximately $135.

Minnesota law enforcement officers, deputies, and troopers will be targeting offenders of this law during August with the Toward Zero Death Enforcement Mobilization and our CRASH (Collision Reduction and Safer Highways) Program–Sheriff Joel Brott