Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Aug. 31, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

MnDOT reminds motorists to “Move Over”

Ted Foss Move Over Law

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists that on a road with two or more lanes, drivers must move over one full lane from stopped emergency vehicles that have their flashing lights activated.

That includes ambulance, fire, law enforcement, maintenance, construction vehicles and tow trucks.

If it is not safe to move over, the driver should slow down.

The Move Over Law is named after State Trooper Ted Foss, who was struck and killed by a passing semitrailer truck while conducting a traffic stop on Aug. 31, 2000. The law is intended to keep emergency workers safe, and prevent motorists from crashing into stopped vehicles.

For real-time traffic and travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to mndot.gov.