Indiana’s Updated ‘Move Over’ Law Goes into Effect July 1st, 2023
By now, we have all heard of the "Move Over" law in Indiana. Beginning July 1st, there's a big update to that law that you need to become familiar with.
Beginning July 1st, we will have several new laws going into effect in Indiana. A few of these include minors allowed in bar areas at restaurants, a new law enforcement buffer zone law, book bans, birth control, and more in which you can read by clicking here. For the sake of this article, let's talk about a new law that will also take effect on July 1st regarding moving over for vehicles on the roadways.
Indiana's Updated "Move Over" Law
Starting on July 1, 2023, if you are on a road with two or more lanes, you have to move over if a car is broken down on the side of the road, as a part of the updated 'Move Over' law. If not, you could get a ticket. Typically, it's common courtesy to move over if you see a vehicle that is disabled along the side of the road. Some people move over, some don't. Now, everyone will have to move over.
The ‘Move Over’ law originally only protected emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. Now, that law also includes disabled vehicles that have their hazard lights on. This goes for drivers on all Indiana roads, including two-lane roads where moving over a lane might not be possible. In the event you can’t safely switch lanes on a four-lane road, drivers can also slow down to 10 mph below the speed limit to avoid a violation. Drivers also can’t stop, stand, or park on the side of an interstate unless it’s an emergency, so be aware of that aspect too.
According to the Indiana General Assembly, here's what that new House Bill 1050 says:
Requires a person who drives a vehicle approaching a disabled stationary vehicle with flashing hazard warning signals to do either of the following, while proceeding with due caution: (1) Yield the right-of-way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the disabled stationary vehicle, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, if on a highway having at least four lanes with not less than two lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle. (2) Reduce the speed of the vehicle to a speed at least 10 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe. Provides that a person who does not yield the right-of-way or reduce the speed of the person's vehicle commits a Class B infraction.
So to sum all of that up, if you see an emergency vehicle or a broken down vehicle with their hazard lights on along the side of the road, MOVE OVER. If you can't move over, drive at a cautious speed of 10 miles per hour less than the speed limit for that stretch of road. If not, and you are caught, you will receive a Class B infraction, which means you will have to pay a fine. So, be wise, and MOVE OVER!