Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New NY Traffic Law - Move Over for Emergency Vehicles

As of January 1, 2011, the new Ambrose-Searles "Move Over Act" (1144 A) is in effect, citing motorists with a $275.00 fine and 2 points on their driving record for failing to reduce speed and move over when an emergency vehicle is stopped on the side of the road. More information can be found on the official press release. The press release talk about the intention of the law being to protect law enforcement who face serious dangers while out of their vehicles on traffic stops and while performing other duties. In short, drivers must:
  1. Use care when approaching an emergency vehicle that displays red and/or white emergency lighting;
  2. Reduce speed on all roads and highways;
  3. Move from the lane adjacent to the emergency vehicle on Parkways and other controlled access highways with multiple lanes, unless traffic or other hazards exist to prevent doing so safely.
This is probably nothing new for drivers who are familiar with the rules of the road and safe driving habits, but now the Thruway's dedicated State Police Troop T will be vigilant enforcing this new Vehicle & Traffic law. Make sure to slow down and move over and save yourself that ticket.  If you do get in trouble, make sure to give us a call.

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