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OSP Enforces “Move Over” Law

Oregon State PoliceMEDFORD, Ore. — Police are urging you to “move over” as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Oregon State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department are teaming up, and on Thursday they will be stepping up their patrols and enforcing the Oregon “Move Over” Law.

The law requires drivers to get into the left lane if an emergency vehicle with lights on is parked on the side of the road.   If you can’t get over, you must slow down — and drive at least five miles under the speed limit.

”Sometimes people can’t get over, and we understand that, but the law says you have to slow down, and do the best you can to move over,” said Sgt. Jeff Proulx. “Truck drivers are aware of it, and they do a good job, but a lot of citizens are not aware of the law so they just stay in that lane.”

Oregon enacted the move over law nearly 10 years ago.  Most of the enforcement will be between mile marker 27 and mile marker 40 along I-5.