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Oregon drivers: 'Move over' law to expand to non-emergency vehicles on Jan. 1

Oregon's "move over" law will expand to non-emergency vehicles beginning Jan. 1, 2017. (File photo/SBG)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- A change is coming for Oregon drivers - Oregon's "move over" law is being expanded.

As it is now, the law requires drivers to move over a lane or slow down for emergency vehicles stopped on the shoulder of a highway with two or more lanes in a single direction.

Beginning next year, motorists will have to do the same for any vehicle stopped and displaying warning or hazard lights, flares or an emergency sign on a highway shoulder.

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"I think the main thing is for people to recognize that if you can't get over, you need to slow down, and that really helps a lot,” says Lt. Jeffrey Lewis with Oregon State Police’s Coos Bay Command. “Now that it's applicable to any vehicle, it's going to be crucial that people understand that, because you could be pulled over for not moving over or slowing down.”

The "move over" law change will take effect January 1, 2018.

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