Keeping highways safe is something everyone can support.

People of all ages rely on highways to safely get where they’re going. Speed limits and traffic signals are critical parts of keeping drivers and passengers free from harm, as are first responders who put their lives on the line every day.

Vehicles traveling at highway speeds pose a deadly threat to police officers, firefighters and roadside technicians who have stopped to help motorists and must often work within just a few feet of speeding vehicles.

Slow down, move over laws are aimed at keeping first responders safe at the roadside. The laws – versions of which exist in all 50 states – are simple to understand. Whenever approaching a vehicle with its emergency lights illuminated, drivers should exercise caution, slow down and, if possible, move over.

Drivers can familiarize themselves with their states’ specific move over laws by visiting the AAA Digest of Motor Laws.

“There is no way of overstating how important it is for drivers to do everything possible to keep first responders safe,” said Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of public and government affairs for AAA Northeast. “By adhering to slow down, move over laws, motorists can ensure that all those who work so diligently to keep our roads safe can perform their jobs with the protection and peace of mind they deserve.” 

First responders do their part to protect us on the road. Let’s return the favor and keep them safe by slowing down, and moving over.

View laws for: Massachusetts