Drivers must change lanes when police cars are parked on side

(WKTV) - Drivers should prepare to merge into the other lane when they see a police car stopped on the side of the road. Starting January 1, drivers must move over and slow down.

It is part of a new law passed in memory of two officers who died in the line of duty. The Ambrose-Searles 'Move Over Act' requires drivers to slow down to avoid colliding with emergency vehicles that parked, stopped or standing on the shoulder of a road or highway.

On parkways, interstates, and highways with multiple lanes, drivers are also required to move from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle, unless traffic or other hazards prevent it.

A violation of this law is a punishable by a fine of up to $275, plus mandatory court surcharges.

It will also result in two points on the driver's license record.

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