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Expanded 'Move Over' Law Now In Effect In Michigan - Here's What You Need To Know

February 13, 2019 - 3:13 pm

(WWJ) An expanded "Move Over" law took effect in Michigan Wednesday, requiring drivers to move over and slow down when they encounter emergency, and now some additional vehicles.

The amended Emergency Vehicle Caution Law -- signed by then-Gov. Rick Snyder last year -- mandates that drivers slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit; and, if possible, move over a lane when passing a police, fire, ambulance, maintenance or utility vehicle, including tow trucks and garbage trucks, on the side of the road with their lights flashing.

In a Facebook post, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said it was "proud to support this legislation to protect those performing dangerous tasks on the side of the road."

Drivers caught breaking the law could be fined up to $400.

The law replaces a past requirement that drivers proceed with caution and move over when passing only police and other emergency vehicles, with violators facing fines and fees of approximately $150.