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For Immediate Release: 4/27/17

Contact: Jonathan Dougherty | jonathan.dougherty@thruway.ny.gov

Office of Media Relations and Communications | (518) 471-5300

MEDIA ADVISORY
EMERGENCY RESPONDERS, ROADSIDE WORKERS GATHER AT THRUWAY SERVICE AREAS TO REMIND MOTORISTS TO MOVE OVER

WHAT: Thruway Authority staff, State Police, tow truck operators and emergency personnel will promote awareness about the Move Over Law at Service Areas along the New York State Thruway (I-87 and I-90) by handing out educational flyers and engaging in conversations about the importance of the law with motorists.

WHERE: Service Areas along the New York State Thruway.

WHEN: Friday, April 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Specific times for the media listed below)

WHO: Thruway Authority staff, State Troopers, tow truck operators and emergency personnel.

WHY: Last year, three roadside workers, including a Thruway Authority employee were fatally injured while assisting motorists along the New York State Thruway. These incidents serve as a reminder for all drivers to be cautious and to obey New York State’s Move Over Law.

The event runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., but please note media availability times below.

Service Areas/Locations Include:

  • Empire State Plaza Concourse (**Media Availability 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.**)
    Albany
  • New Baltimore (**Media Availability 12:30 p.m.**)
    I-87 northbound and southbound
    Between exits 21B (Coxsackie – Rte. 9W) and 21A (Berkshire Section/to Mass Pike)
  • Pattersonville (**Media Availability 11 a.m.**)
    I-90 westbound
    Between exits 26 (Schenectady – I-890) and 27 (Amsterdam – Rte. 30)
  • Dewitt (**Media Availability 11 a.m. -- Enter Through State Police Troop T at 6150 Tarbell Road, Syracuse, NY 13206**)
    I-90 eastbound
    Between exits 36 (Syracuse – I-81) and 35 (Syracuse – Rte. 298)
  • Clarence (**Media Availability 11 a.m.**)
    I-90 westbound
    Between exit 48A (Pembroke – Rte. 77) and 49 (Depew – Rte. 78)

In 2016, New York’s Move Over Law was expanded to include volunteer firefighter and ambulance workers. The law previously applied only to law enforcement, emergency or hazard vehicles. The law now applies to vehicles with flashing blue, green, red, white, or amber lights. The expanded law gives law enforcement more authority to penalize violators who jeopardize the safety of those working along the highway.

The Move Over Law applies to both sides of the roadway, not just the shoulder on the right, and motorists caught in violation can face two points on their license and a minimum $150 fine for the first offense.

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