For Immediate Release: 4/27/17
Contact: Jonathan Dougherty | firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of Media Relations and Communications | (518) 471-5300
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.**)
- 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.**)
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**)
Between exits 36 (Syracuse – I-81) and 35 (Syracuse – Rte. 298)
- Clarence (**Media Availability 11 a.m.**)
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.
Motorists can sign up for TRANSAlert emails regarding Thruway traffic conditions at https://wwwapps.thruway.ny.gov/tas/.
Thruway travelers are encouraged to visit www.thruway.ny.gov for real-time traffic updates.
To see an interactive map including Google traffic conditions for the Thruway and other roadways in New York State and beyond, go to:
Thruway Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) stations broadcast traffic advisories, road conditions, and safety tips 24-hours-a-day. HAR frequencies can be found at http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/har/index.html