Polis: "Slow Down, Move Over" Awareness Day in Colorado

New roadside safety law takes effect today. 

08/07/23
Traffic Safety

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DENVER (Aug. 7, 2023) - Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has proclaimed today, Aug. 7, 2023, "Slow Down, Move Over Awareness Day" in the state of Colorado. 

The proclamation comes as a strengthened "Slow Down, Move Over" law officially took effect in Colorado early this morning. The new law, among the nation's strongest, requires drivers to move over a lane or slow down at least 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit when they encounter any disabled vehicle at the roadside with its hazards activated. 

Failure to move over or slow down for a disabled vehicle can result in a Class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense, which carries a possible fine of $150 and a 3-point license violation. If a driver's failure to slow down or move over results in serious injury to or the death of another person, penalties can rise to a class 6 felony - carrying a prison sentence of up to 18 months and fines up to $100,000. In the wake of the deadliest year on Colorado's roadways in recorded history, the Colorado State Patrol and other agencies intend to take a strict enforcement stance on this new law. 

“As Coloradans, we look out for one another,” said Skyler McKinley, regional director of public affairs for AAA - The Auto Club Group. “This strengthened Slow Down, Move Over law takes that spirit to the roadside with a straightforward message: If you see any vehicle on the side of the road with its hazards on, slow down and move over. It’s always been the right thing to do, and now it’s the law, too.”

AAA’s tips to protect roadside workers and stranded motorists

For Drivers:

• Remain alert. Avoid distractions and focus on driving.

• Keep an eye out for emergency vehicles – including tow trucks – that have their lights on as well as cars that have their flashers on. Move over one lane when you see them and if you can’t move over, slow down to safely pass them.

• Be a good passenger. Help identify roadway issues and remind the driver to slow down and move over.

• Watch for people on the roadside. People may be in or near a disabled vehicle. Just because you don’t immediately see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

For Stranded Motorists:

• Pull as far over on the shoulder as safely possible to create more distance between your vehicle and passing traffic.

• Turn your hazard lights on so other drivers are aware you are there.

• If you are able to safely make it to the next exit or stopping point, do so.

• Call for assistance via phone, website or the AAA Mobile app.

• Remain with your vehicle as long as it’s safe to do so.

• If getting out of your vehicle, watch the oncoming traffic for a good time to exit, and remain alert and close to your vehicle. Avoid turning your back to traffic whenever possible.