What is Georgia’s Move Over Law?

So what is Georgia’s move over law? There a lot of tickets have been issued and will continue to be issued on what is known as the move all over law, also called Spencer’s law. It is named after someone who was injured.

Georgia’s Move Over Law states:

Move Over Law: Georgia Code, Title 40-6-16.

A. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is displaying flashing yellow, amber, white, red, or blue lights shall approach the authorized emergency vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a peace officer, proceed as follows:
1. Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
2. If a lane change under paragraph (1) of this subsection would be impossible, prohibited by law, or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
B. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary towing or recovery vehicle or a stationary highway maintenance vehicle that is displaying flashing yellow, amber, or red lights shall approach the vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a peace officer, proceed as follows:
1. Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the towing, recovery, or highway maintenance vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
2. If a lane change under paragraph (1) of this subsection would be impossible, prohibited by law, or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
C . Violation of subsection (a) or (b) of this Code section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00.

Meaning of Georgia’s Move Over Law

And so what does that mean? Basically it means that if you see flashing lights, yellow, Amber, red, or blue, you want to get over in the next Lane, If it’s on the right hand side of the road, you want to get over to the left. If it’s on the left hand side of the road, you want to get over to the right. You also you want to slow down, you want to merge with traffic. You want to do whatever you can, because if you don’t and you pass by an officer who’s getting out of their vehicle to write a citation for another driver or they’re doing something else, they will follow you or radio someone else in to ticket you for the move over violation.

The law was created because someone was injured while on the side of the road when cars weren’t moving over. So Georgia created this move over law to protect the police officers and the emergency personnel who are on the side of the road. The best way to abide by Georgia’s Move Over Law is this: if you see any flashing lights, try to get over and away from them. If you can’t get over and away from them, be sure to slow down dramatically. The bottom line is that if someone were to come out into the road, you need to be able to stop your vehicle and avoid a collision.

Effect of Georgia’s Move Over Law

If you are ticketed for not moving over and being in violation of this law, you will receive three points for the move over violation itself. If they catch you and ticket you for other things, that could be additional points tacked on. If you have a Georgia driver’s license and you get 15 points within any 24 month and that’s consecutive 24 months or two year period, your license is subject to suspension. As you can see, these points can add up quickly for what appears to be a simple traffic violation.

It is important that you fight having these points added to your driving record. Reaching out to an experienced traffic lawyer in Georgia can help you. He can often get the ticket reduced or even eliminated.

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