There is a little-known law that was passed five years ago that requires motorists to slow down and/or move over when there is a stationary emergency vehicle that is displaying its lights.

If the motorist is driving a highway with at least four lanes, he must, if possible, make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the stationary emergency vehicle.  If it is not possible to safely change lanes then the driver must reduce speed and proceed with caution.

Violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor and could result in suspension of the drivers license if there is damage to a vehicle or an injury to another person.

This law is now being promoted by the State Police of Virginia in the “Slow Down Move Over” campaign.

Read more about the law here.

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