Move Over Law Ticket

Atlanta Move Over Law Traffic Ticket Lawyer

While officially named the “Spencer Pass Law”, this citation is more commonly known as the “move over” law.  The move over law was passed in 2003 to help protect police and emergency works on the side of the road.  According to the AJC, police have used the law to write over 27,000 move over citations.  One out of every five move over law violations were written in Gwinnett County.

Move Over Law Ticket Points and Penalties

Points for Move Over Law Ticket: 3 points
Car Insurance Rate Increase: Yes
Jail/Probation: 12 months
Fine: Up to $1000.00

Move Over Law Statute

O.C.G.A. § 40-6-16.  Spencer Pass Law; procedure for passing stationary authorized emergency vehicles, stationary towing or recovery vehicles, or stationary highway maintenance vehicles

(a) This Code section shall be known and may be cited as the “Spencer Pass Law.”

(b) 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.

(c) 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.

(d) Violation of subsection (b) or (c) of this Code section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00.

Atlanta Traffic Ticket Lawyer Sean Goldstein Knows How To Fight Your Move Over Law Citation

Atlanta Ticket Lawyer Sean Goldstein helps Georgia drivers fight move over law citations across the metro area by getting move over law tickets reduced or dismissed.  By getting your move over law ticket reduced or dismissed, we can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars against the possible rise in your car insurance rates by being found guilty or pleading nolo contendere to your move over law ticket.

The number one way to ensure that your traffic violation gets reduced or dismissed is to show the State that you are serious about fighting your move over law violation by hiring an experienced Atlanta Traffic Ticket Attorney.  The State knows that you are ready to fight your move over ticket unless it is reduced or dismissed once you’ve secured representation.

Contact An Experienced Move Over Law Ticket Attorney Today

If you’ve gotten a move over law citation in Atlanta, or anywhere in the State of Georgia including Gwinnett County, Dekalb County, Fulton County, Cobb County, or Douglas County, or in the cities of Atlanta, Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Douglasville, Dunwoody, Duluth, Johns Creek, Lawrenceville, Marietta, Norcross, Roswell, Sandy Springs, or Suwanee, call us at (678) 757-5529 for a free consultation or Contact Goldstein Law Group online.

Additional Resources:

Governor’s Office of Highway and Safety Summary and Brochure

Link to AJC Move Over Law Story