Slow Down and Move Over: What does it really mean?

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Do you actually know what it means when you hear the phrase, “Slow Down, Move Over”? Well if not, then you are not alone. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, only 30% of people know this law, despite it being a common theme in legislation across all 50 states.

What does it actually mean?

”Slow Down Move Over” means you need to take action as soon as safely possible to clear a lane or slow down when approaching emergency, tow or maintenance vehicles.

This Colorado law not only applies to police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances, but it also applies to tow trucks and maintenance vehicles. Considering how frequently motorists don’t move over or slow down for red and blue lights, imagine how many others disregard the flashing yellow lights. Motorists who fail to comply with this law, paired with common driving distractions create a dangerous and sometimes deadly combination on Colorado’s roadways. Remember, individuals supporting our roadways in emergency, tow or maintenance vehicles work out of their vehicles and they are counting on motorists to do their part to keep them safe and reduce the risk of vulnerability when they are performing their duties on the side of the road.

“I believe the Towing Business to be the fourth emergency service. It is positioned after the police, the firefighters and the emergency ambulance service. The Towing Service keeps traffic moving and keeps people safe. It is therefore a most valuable community service to contribute to," said Richard Sanders, owner of Knob Hill Towing in Colorado Springs.

Whether you see red and blue lights or yellow lights flashing, Colorado state law requires drivers to safely move one lane away from emergency, tow, or maintenance vehicle. If you are unable to change lanes, your speed must be reduced to 20MPH below the posted speed limit.