Transportation Cabinet
Move Over Kentucky, It’s the Law!

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 01, 2005  
Contact Information:  Doug Hogan
Office of Public Affairs
(502) 564-3419

           Motorists traveling Kentucky’s roadways will begin seeing reminders to “Move Over” when they see the flashing lights of law enforcement, emergency service or public safety vehicles on the side of the highway.  State officials and emergency personnel reinforced the “Move Over” message to Kentuckians at today’s press conference held at the I-64 westbound rest area in Woodford County.

            “Move Over” signs are up across the state to let travelers know that state law requires them to slow down and use caution when they see a law enforcement or emergency vehicle stopped alongside the road with its lights flashing. They must move over to the lane farthest away from the vehicle if they are on a four-lane road and can do so safely. Failure to do so can result in fines. By the end of the summer, 100 signs will be in place on interstates, parkways, and other major four-lane and multi-lane highways.  

            In addition to the road signs, the Transportation Cabinet is implementing a public awareness campaign which includes radio and newspaper ads, posters and brochures touting the “Move Over” message. Also, police, firefighters, EMS and other public safety and emergency personnel will have the option to display “Move Over” decals on their vehicles.

            “Our vision is to create a safe transportation system for all Kentuckians,” said Marc Williams, Commissioner of Highways.  “That includes our men and women of law enforcement, emergency services and public safety.  These signs and other public awareness tools remind motorists to yield and use caution when they see emergency or public safety vehicles stopped on the side of the highway.”

            In accordance with state law (KRS 189.930), emergency vehicles include police, fire and rescue. Public safety vehicles include public utility repair vehicles; wreckers; state, county or municipal service vehicles and equipment; highway equipment which performs work that requires stopping and standing or moving at slow speeds within the traveled portions of highways; and vehicles which are escorting wide-load or slow-moving trailers or trucks.

            “These signs will play a vital role in protecting law enforcement and emergency service personnel throughout the state,” added Lieutenant Eric Walker, Commander of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “It’s something we owe to these dedicated professionals who provide a valuable public service.”

            “It’s imperative that motorists know how important it is to protect our officers on the highways serving the Commonwealth,” said Kentucky Motor Vehicle Enforcement Commissioner Greg Howard.  “Moving over one lane gives both the officer on the side of the highway the needed space for safety, while allowing us to do our job safely and effectively.”