Changes to Montana’s ‘Move Over’ Law Take Effect Next Week
Enhanced law strengthens penalties to protect roadside workers
HELENA, Mont. Sept. 29, 2023 - An expanded version of Montana’s Move Over Law takes effect next week, which includes new rules and stricter penalties for drivers who don’t comply with the law designed to protect tow truck drivers, first responders, and highway workers.
"This expanded law intends to further protect the lives of roadside workers who face life-threatening dangers every day,” said Daniel Hutchison, Chief Road Service Officer for AAA Montana. “Staying alert, slowing down, and moving over if safe can improve road safety for everyone.”
Beginning October 1, changes to Montana’s Move Over Law include:
- A speed reduction of 20 mph, 30 mph, or one-half of the legal speed is required when passing a stationary emergency vehicle or highway worker vehicle, such as a tow truck. Speed reduction will depend on the situation, the roadway, and the ability of the driver to change lanes.
- A new criminal offense for endangering emergency personnel and highway workers, including tow truck drivers
A first time violation of the expanded law will result in a fine of $100 to $500 and/or up to 90 days in jail.
About Slow Down, Move Over
Since 2007, AAA has advocated for Move Over laws in all states. AAA is committed to raising awareness of the Move Over laws and the dangers associated with working at the roadside.
About AAA Montana
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