Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has declared this week as Indiana Move Over Week.
In 1999 Indiana was the first state in the nation to pass such a law requiring motorists to move to an adjacent traffic lane, or reduce their speed by 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit if unable to change lanes safely when driving by an emergency vehicle stopped along the side of the road, such as a police car, fire truck or ambulance.
Over the years, Indiana's law has expanded to include stationary towing/recovery, utility service, solid waste haulers, road, street highway maintenance vehicles, as well as a stationary survey or construction vehicles when displaying alternately flashing amber lights.
Indiana’s law was originally crafted and passed as the result of the death of Indiana State Police Trooper, 26-year-old Andrew Winzenread. The Shelby County native was struck and killed in April of 1997 while assisting a stranded motorist on I-74 in Decatur County. In 2009, Interstate 74 near the 144-mile marker in Decatur County was dedicated the Trooper Andrew P. Winzenread Memorial Highway in his honor.
Now, 20 years after Indiana enacted its Move Over Law, every state, with the exception of Hawaii has some form of a move over law.