Move Over - Or Else

January 11, 2012, by Law Offices of James F. Hughes

New York State's "Move Over Law" has changed.

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On all roads and highways, the motorist must use extreme caution when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the roadway. Drivers must reduce their speed, and on highways with multiple lanes, drivers must move from the lane adjacent to the emergency or hazard vehicle, unless conditions prevent doing so safely.

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Effective January 1, 2012, the law which required drivers to shift lanes when approaching emergency vehicles with flashing red and white lights, will now include hazard vehicles, including tow trucks, roadside assistance vehicles, highway crews, and other emergency vehicles with amber lights.

Penalties for this traffic violation of 1144-a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law are fines up to $275 and 2 points on your driver's license.