Aug 10, 2023 -- Posted by : goi70

In a significant step toward ensuring the safety of drivers across Colorado, a revised "Move Over Law" came into effect on Monday, Aug. 7. This revamped legislation is designed not only to protect our first responders but also all individuals who find themselves stranded on the side of the road. The law's expansion highlights a collective commitment to road safety and underscores the importance of driver awareness and compliance.

A Widened Scope of Protection

Governor Polis signed the new "Move Over Law" into effect earlier this year, marking a substantial shift in safeguarding drivers on Colorado roads. Unlike its predecessor, which solely required drivers to yield to emergency vehicles, tow trucks, and public utility service vehicles, the revised law mandates that drivers move over a lane for any stationary vehicle on a highway displaying its hazard lights.

This change aims to address a critical safety concern: the vulnerability of stranded motorists. It underscores the understanding that the risk extends far beyond law enforcement and first responders, encompassing everyone on the road. The law positions drivers as active participants in enhancing road safety and emphasizes the collective responsibility to ensure the well-being of fellow motorists.

Enforcement and Compliance

The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) is poised to enforce the revised law vigilantly. Drivers unable to move over must now reduce their speed to a minimum of 20 miles per hour below the speed limit. Failure to adhere to this requirement constitutes a Class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense, potentially resulting in a fine of up to $150 and a 3-point license violation. 

A Catalyst for Change

The implementation of the revised "Move Over Law" follows incidents where vehicles struck stationary CSP vehicles, resulting in serious injuries and even death to troopers. Over the last five years, CSP issued 8,594 citations and warnings for drivers failing to yield to emergency vehicles and other service vehicles, which underscores the pressing need for heightened driver awareness and compliance. Let's all play our part in making Colorado's roads safer for everyone.



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