12-23-20 Motorists are Reminded to Move Over for First Responder Safety

Hawai’i Police Department
Traffic Services Section
Torey D. Keltner
Program Manager
Phone: (808) 961-2305

Media Release

Even during a pandemic, Hawai‘i Island roadways are busy during the holidays with people traveling to and from work and shopping. Hawai‘i Police Department is reminding motorists to help keep everyone safe by following the Move Over Law, 291C-27, which was enacted to help protect first responders while they are performing their duties near or on a roadway.

The Move Over Law requires motorists to slow down to a prudent speed, or if safe, make a lane change into the adjacent lane of travel when approaching an emergency vehicle with its emergency lights flashing. An emergency vehicle includes vehicles representing Hawai‘i Police or Fire Department, Ocean Safety, Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division, Civil Defense, Department of Transportation Harbors Division, Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, emergency medical services, or a tow truck.

Officers are out in full force and you will see many of them making traffic stops for things like speeding, seat belt, distracted driving, and DUI enforcement. The Move Over Law is important all year round, and especially so this holiday season.  Please slow down when you see an emergency vehicle and move over if it’s safe to do so. We want all of us to have a happy holiday.

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