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    Default See a cop and don't move over one lane and you'll

    Get fined $100 to $500!

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    If a patrol car is pulled over to the side of the road with their lights flashing, you have to move to the next lane (away from the stopped vehicle) or slow down by 20 mph.......Every state except Hawaii and Maryland and the D.C. has this law. *In California , the "Move-over" law become operative on January 1, 2010.

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    My son and I had never heard of the law.
    It is a fairly new law that states if any emergency vehicle is on the side of the road with its lights flashing, if you are able, you are to move into the next lane. *The cost of the ticket was $754, with 3 points on your license and a mandatory court appearance.

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    Why wouldn't you do that anyways if at all possible? And if you couldn't just take it to court, big deal. I bet that's a rare stop anyways.

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    This law (a similar one) has been in place since 2001 in our state. I don't have a big problem with it because:

    1.) Moving over is common sense.

    2.) It's almost completely unenforceable.

    3.) It only exists as an attempt to keep LEOs and emergency responders from being hit by other motorists in a dangerous environment.

    Necessary? I don't know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demiurge View Post
    Moving over is common sense.
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    In my state, Michigan, you have to move over "if possible." So if the lane next to you is packed with cars, you can't move over. Personally, I think the law is un-enforceable unless there's just absolutely nobody in the adjacent lane.

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    It's been that way here in Texas for a while and I have no problems with it whatsoever. it's one of the traffic laws that I happen to agree strongly with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai View Post
    Why wouldn't you do that anyways if at all possible? And if you couldn't just take it to court, big deal. I bet that's a rare stop anyways.
    Wow, nice shiny new badge you have there:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AsSiMiLaTeD View Post
    It's been that way here in Texas for a while and I have no problems with it whatsoever. it's one of the traffic laws that I happen to agree strongly with.
    Yep. If you can't move out of the closest lane, then you have to drop your speed down to at least 10 under posted.

    Anyone who doesn't move over or at least take precautionary action deserves the fine they get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demiurge View Post
    I don't have a big problem with it because:

    3.) It only exists as an attempt to keep LEOs and emergency responders from being hit by other motorists in a dangerous environment.
    Except in NJ where it exist as a "fund raiser". :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgido759 View Post
    Except in NJ where it exist as a "fund raiser". :D
    How so? Unless there's a cop in the flow of traffic with you to watch you break this law, how are they going to enforce it? Dash cameras and they mail you a ticket? That doesn't happen here, so I have to ask.

    I find many traffic laws to be nothing but municipality revenue generators, but a law like this isn't one of them. So far as I can tell it's actually one based on safety.

    I think the necessity of the law is completely debatable, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSkip View Post
    Yep. If you can't move out of the closest lane, then you have to drop your speed down to at least 10 under posted.

    Anyone who doesn't move over or at least take precautionary action deserves the fine they get.

    Try "10 under" here in Detroit on 696 in the fast lane (where the cops usually have the cars pulled over) and the de facto speed limit is about 85 mph. I'll take my chances on the ticket and the fine. You go 60 mph in the 85 mph zone, your taking your life in your hands

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demiurge View Post
    How so? Unless there's a cop in the flow of traffic with you to watch you break this law, how are they going to enforce it? Dash cameras and they mail you a ticket? That doesn't happen here, so I have to ask.

    I find many traffic laws to be nothing but municipality revenue generators, but a law like this isn't one of them. So far as I can tell it's actually one based on safety.

    I think the necessity of the law is completely debatable, though.
    Personally, I think it's a dangerous law but it depends on where you live and the type of freeway we're talking about. Going back to my post about 696 here in Michigan. Imagine yourself driving that highway during rush hour where everyone's going at least 70 mph with about 3 car lengths between cars. And it's a curvy freeway where you can't see around the curves because it's below ground level.

    So you go around a curve in the far left lane and suddenly there's a cop on the left shoulder with lots of room to get by him. But, because of the law, you instead try to make a lane change into the adjacent lane to the right of you, the same lane I just mentioned was jammed tight, well, you get the picture.

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    This is old news for me. Not a big deal, if you can merge over do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorthos View Post
    Wow, nice shiny new badge you have there:)
    Yeah, I'm very un-excited by it but the tattoo of my fathers' original MPDC badge is closer to my heart. The "2" askew is where he was shot but the SOB is ornery like his son. I sure hope I don't go to jail anytime soon...it might take me more time to explain and then get my ass beat than its worth.
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    The law has been in effect in Texas for awhile
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    Cool tat Doro, interesting story too.

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    there was a thread on this a month or so ago. This law has been in effect in Ohio for a while, a buddy of mine got a ticket for that a couple of years ago.
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    Most states have this law after several police officers were struck by passing motorists. Where not possible, it's common sense to at least move over within the right lane. Most states I've passed through don't enforce it strongly unless you're just an @$$ & zip by 2 inches from them, in which case you absolutely deserve it~
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demiurge View Post
    This law (a similar one) has been in place since 2001 in our state. I don't have a big problem with it because:

    1.) Moving over is common sense.

    2.) It's almost completely unenforceable.

    3.) It only exists as an attempt to keep LEOs and emergency responders from being hit by other motorists in a dangerous environment.

    Necessary? I don't know...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSkip View Post
    Yep. If you can't move out of the closest lane, then you have to drop your speed down to at least 10 under posted.

    Anyone who doesn't move over or at least take precautionary action deserves the fine they get.
    I thought it was 20 under in texas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by exalted512 View Post
    I thought it was 20 under in texas?
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    It might be. I've heard different numbers, but never looked it up. I'm still thinking its only 10, but I could be wrong. Too lazy to look.

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    This law has been in effect in Illinois for over 10 years. How many tickets have actually ever been issued, I haven't a clue.

    To me it's just common sense to change to the left lane if someone is on the shoulder for any reason . But in the society we live in now there is no such thing as common sense, especially on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai View Post
    Why wouldn't you do that anyways if at all possible? And if you couldn't just take it to court, big deal. I bet that's a rare stop anyways.
    Precisely, you have to get out of the lane to go around him anyway so why not do it asap. JHC it's just common sense!

    There are that many dumb people on the road that they had to make this a law? Sheesh, I'm glad I don't drive!
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    I drive a lot as part of my reality based job and try to drive softly...now when I'm in my personal vehicle, you better keep your kids on the sidewalk.

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    How is this news? :p

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    Last time i was in traffic court, there was a younger girl that got hit with one of these tickets.

    From what i understand of her story, the officer actually blocked her in from moving a lane away from the emergency vehicle. Then proceeded to pull her over and write a hefty ticket.

    I'd say that easily 95% of citizens will move over from common sense. The other 5% are a target for more revenue. Or in this case, it's another way to meet quota.

    You can all sit here and tell me that she was making the story up, but her ticket got thrown out, and i've seen MUCH worse from Indiana State Troopers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heiney9 View Post
    But in the society we live in now there is no such thing as common sense, especially on the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by concealer404 View Post

    I'd say that easily 95% of citizens will move over from common sense. The other 5% are a target for more revenue. Or in this case, it's another way to meet quota.
    You must not get out much. Only 5% don't have common sense. Try adding a zero to that.

    50% is more like it. There is also a law in Illinois that you can't hang out in the left lane. Use it to pass or keep up with the flow of traffic, etc. If you are hanging out in the left lane impeding others you can get a ticket. That law was made because the same dumbasses (the 50% who have no common sense) were causing so much road rage and accidents they thought they needed to legislate a law. Does it help...............nope, the same dumbasses still hang out in the left lane blocking faster moving traffic.

    5%............you have to be joking

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    AZ has a Stupid Driver Law (actual name I think) where if you try to drive via an underpass and your car sinks (they well up with water because they're below ground level when they have their crazy rainstorms) they'll give you a ticket, plus charge you the costs of getting your vehicle free.

    I totally support that, especially the name of it, because if you're going to be reckless and cause the vital resources to be taken to save your idiocy, then you should absolutely get fined and pay for it.
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