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For Immediate Release: 10/19/18

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Move Over Law Requires Motorists to Slow Down and Safely Move Over When Approaching Emergency or Hazard Vehicles Stopped Along Roads Across The State
In 2017, State Police Issued 13,132 Move Over Law Violations on New York State Roadways

The New York State Thruway Authority, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and New York State Police today partnered to further raise awareness of New York’s Move Over Law, which requires motorists to drive with care, slow down, and safely move over when approaching emergency or hazard vehicles that are stopped along roads across the state. The campaign coincides with National Move Over Day which is commemorated nationwide on the third Saturday in October.

New York’s Move Over Law was enacted in 2011 to protect New Yorkers working along the roadway and has since been expanded to include a wider range of emergency and hazard vehicles. The Move Over Law applies to both sides of the roadway, not just the shoulder on the right, and includes tow trucks, construction vehicles, highway maintenance vehicles, police vehicles, fire trucks, and ambulances.

On National Move Over Day, Saturday, October 20, variable message signs will display reminders across the state to promote awareness about the Move Over Law. Additionally, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., representatives from Thruway Authority, NYSDOT and State Police will take part in a Move Over parade and event which will also include local tow truck operators and emergency personnel. The event will begin at the Taft Furniture parking lot at 1960 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205 (adjacent to Midway Fire Department at 1956 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205) and representatives will hand out flyers and engage in conversation to educated travelers about the Move Over Law.

Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said, “Each day, tow truck operators, maintenance workers, and emergency responders put their lives on the line in order to keep us safe on the road. On National Move Over Day, I encourage everyone that as soon as you see emergency and hazard vehicles on the side of the road, slow down and move over when safe to do so. These simple but crucial steps could mean the difference between life and death for you, our employees and passengers around you.”

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Paul Karas said, “Governor Cuomo’s Move Over Law helps protect emergency responders, highway workers and everyone who travels our roadways.  We urge motorists to obey the law and move over -- especially for vehicles with flashing amber lights in highway work zones -- so that all of us can return home safely at the end of the day.”

State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “Highways are one of the most dangerous work environments encountered by law enforcement and others who respond to emergencies and maintain the roadways. State Troopers will continue to vigorously enforce the Move Over Law to protect those who must work in hazardous conditions along our highways and interstates. We urge all motorists to put safety first – slow down and move over when you see emergency vehicles and maintenance crews along the roads.”
The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) released a video featuring emergency personnel and roadway workers talking about the importance of the “Move Over” Law. You can view the the video on YouTube.

Terri Egan, DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner and Acting Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee said, “As soon as drivers see lights, vests or reflectors, they should check the traffic around them, slow down and safely move over. Just like all of us, police and emergency responders and construction and maintenance workers have families who very much want to see them come home safely at the end of their work day. I join my colleagues in urging all drivers to do their part and give these workers the room they need to do their jobs safely.”

In 2017, New York State Police issued 13,132 Move Over Law violations. Motorists caught in violation can face two points on their license and a minimum $150 fine for the first offense.

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.


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