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DPS reminds drivers about Arizona's "Move Over" law

Posted at 9:25 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 00:20:22-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — If you've ever had to pull over on the side of the road, or off a busy interstate like I-10, you probably know the feeling. In one word -- it can be scary.

DPS Trooper Johnathan Barbeau knows this feeling all too well.

"The first words are like, 'It's scary. Nobody's moving over.' We get that every single time," Barbeau said. "And we kind of just grin at them, and just [say], 'We know, we do this everyday."

Barbeau says DPS sees a lot of drivers not following the Move Over Law, which means if you see a stranded car on the side of the road, or a law enforcement vehicle, you need to move over and leave the right lane open.

If you can't move over because there is a lot of traffic, Barbeau says people should at least slow down.

"In Phoenix, we've had several of our troopers get sideswiped from drivers not paying attention, or being impaired when there are officers on the side of the road," Barbeau said.

DPS sees more stranded cars on the side of the road during times where there's heavy traffic during the holiday season, Barbeau said.

If you're pulled over on the side of the road, turn your hazard lights on to alert other drivers to move over.