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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Move Over Law

Move Over for Flashing Lights — It’s the Law

Emergency responders working on the shoulder of the road have got your back. Do you have theirs?

Minnesota’s Ted Foss Move Over Law  was named in honor of the State Patrol trooper who was killed while on the shoulder of I-90 in Winona in 2000. The law states:

  • When traveling on a road with two or more lanes, drivers must keep over one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated — ambulance, fire, law enforcement, maintenance, construction vehicles and tow trucks.

  • Reduce speed if unable to safely move over a lane.

  • Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. Fines can exceed $100.