Zorn bill enhancing ‘move over’ law signed by governor

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Drivers in Michigan must slow down and move over when approaching an emergency vehicle with amber flashing lights after legislation sponsored by Sen. Dale Zorn was signed into law by the governor on Thursday.

Senate Bill 477, now Public Act 349 of 2018, requires drivers to slow down by at least 10 miles per hour when approaching and passing a stopped emergency vehicle or a vehicle with flashing amber lights.

Drivers are already required to move over a lane to the left if there is a stationary authorized emergency vehicle with flashing red, blue or white lights on the side of the road. If the road does not have a passing lane, or if moving over is impossible, then a driver shall pass with due care and caution at a reduced and safe speed.

“This is a common sense law that will save lives,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Simply put, if you see a vehicle ahead with flashing lights — whether it’s a police car, fire truck or tow truck — slow down and, if possible, move over.”