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Old 11-28-2015, 10:33 PM   #1
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Move over or get pulled over.

Yes they do stop you for not moving to the left when passing a cop who has pulled someone over and is on the right shoulder.
My son was going to Las Vegas and after just passing through St George UT there was a cop on the right with a car stopped. My son looked in the mirror and another car was in the left lane coming up so as not to impede that cars progress he stayed in the right lane. He got pulled over 3 miles down the road by another cop. He also got lucky in that they didn't write him a ticket as the cop said he knew if you got one for that infraction he'd have to take the driver's test over again in Calif (where my son is from). So he gave him a warning.
Y'all be careful out there
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Old 11-28-2015, 10:45 PM   #2
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There is good reason for this law and I always try to move over in that circumstance, but sometimes it is impossible due to traffic in the left lane. You can't always just slip into left lane traffic when you are driving a 65 foot coach and towed combination which is going slower than the left lane traffic.

The law recognizes this and provides that you can slow down and hold your lane, but it requires a serious amount of deceleration and these rigs don't stop on a dime either.
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Old 11-28-2015, 10:45 PM   #3
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Here in WA you have to slow to 25 if you can't safely move over to a left lane. And, yes, they are starting to write citations for it.
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Old 11-28-2015, 10:57 PM   #4
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Most all States require you to slow down (most specify 15 to 20 MPH) or move over IF IT IS SAFE TO DO SO. I am not yelling, just high lighting for clarity.

Move Over Law - AAA Digest of Motor Laws
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Old 11-29-2015, 02:22 AM   #5
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I've been in that situation several times where I can't move over so I slow down quite a bit and push towards the center as much as I can.

I have never heard that you have to take your driver license test all over in California if you get a ticket in Utah.
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Old 11-29-2015, 04:04 AM   #6
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Slow down....place flashers on....show an effort an there will be no ticket i will assure u!!!
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Old 11-29-2015, 07:06 AM   #7
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If you've noticed truckers almost always pull into the left lane if there's a vehicle stopped on the shoulder. I always do it if possible. A motorhome or 18 wheeler can blow a car off a jack if someone is changing a tire since most shoulders are sloped.
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Yes definitely slow down if you can't move over.. Show the cops some respect for their safety by reducing your speed. That's really the intent of the law, to prevent LEO's from getting killed in the line of duty. It is a good law for sure.
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Every state that I have traveled through(Interstates) has signs warning/instructing you to slow/move over.
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Just read the the Washington State Patrol brochure on the move over law.
No indicated speed, just SLOW down in lane next to Emergency vehicles or pull left.
The pullover law is 200' from the Emergency vehicles.
Tickets double if over the posted speed limit.

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Old 11-29-2015, 12:34 PM   #11
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Not only for police cars but ANY emergency vehicle with lights flashing - and by extension, any ordinary vehicle with hazard lights on.
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Every state may have a "different" law on the books but the most common is to move over or slow down.

In Texas the slow down is 20 mph under the posted speed - well the last time I checked it was. Laws change. I just checked and it is 20 mph under the posted limit and even if that posted limit is 25 mph the slow down speed is 5 mph. Any limit under 25 and I'd crawl.

Here is a quip from the TX law:

"Department of Transportation (TxDOT) workers. Effective Sept. 1, 2013, drivers must move over or slow down when approaching TxDOT workers and vehicles that are stopped with overhead flashing blue or amber lights."

So it's not only police, but any vehicle with overhead blue or amber lights.
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I move over into the left lane, when possible, for any vehicle on the shoulder not just emergency vehicles or TXDOT. You never know if that vehicle may pull out in front of you or not.

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I move over into the left lane, when possible, for any vehicle on the shoulder not just emergency vehicles or TXDOT. You never know if that vehicle may pull out in front of you or not.

Jerry
I do the same thing Jerry, and that is good advice. As someone stated, to easy to cause a wind puff to blow a car off a jack.
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