We are all familiar with
New York’s “Move Over” law. It was enacted in January of 2011 and amended in 2012 in order to protect
the safety of law enforcement officers, emergency workers such as fire
rescue and emergency medical responders, and highway workers stopped along
New York State’s roadways.
The law is in honor of a state trooper and deputy sheriff who lost their
lives in the line of duty while attending to vehicles parked at the side
of road. They were both struck and killed by high-speed vehicles.
Newburgh car accident attorneys know that a major cause of law enforcement deaths is officers getting
struck and killed by oncoming traffic. Police and fire rescue put their
lives on the line every time they park their patrol cars and emergency
vehicles along a highway or main road.
A significant number of these accidents and fatalities can be avoided if
motorists slow down and provide more space when driving near patrol, emergency,
and maintenance vehicles that are parked on the roadside.
The Vehicle and Traffic Law 1144-a requires motorists driving on multi-lane roadways to reduce their speed
and move over to an open lane when approaching police and emergency vehicles,
such as ambulances, stopped along the road or highway shoulder that have
their flashing lights on. The law has been amended to now include hazard
vehicles like tow trucks and service vehicle operators. However, a motorist
is not obligated to change lanes if it would be unsafe and unreasonable
to do so. Motorists must also move from the lane immediately adjacent
to where the emergency vehicle is located. On single lane roads, drivers
must significantly slow down.
Failure to do so can result in a moving violation that carries a penalty
of three (3) points on your license and a fine of up to $275. State police
aggressively enforce this law and thousands of tickets have since been issued.
To sum up, you should always slow down and move over when approaching a
stopped vehicle flashing red, white, and amber colored lights. Be especially
vigilant in work zones where road maintenance or construction is being
motor vehicle accidents occur in these high traffic areas that can be avoided by cautious driving.
While driving, you should always be wary of negligent motorists sharing
the roadways with you. Negligent driving can cause car accidents through
unsafe lane changes, improper passing, reckless driving and speeding.
Accordingly, such accidents can result in serious personal injury or even death.
Learn more about important New York Statutes and Negligence Per Se
in our article posted here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
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