As an Upstate New York DWI defense lawyer, I want to share with you a new law that impacts all drivers in New York State. The Ambrose-Searles “Move Over Act” is named after two police officers, New York State Trooper, Robert Ambrose, and Deputy Sheriff, Glenn Searles, who were killed by motorists while their patrol cars were parked on the side of the highway.
The “move over” and “slow down” provisions of the law go into effect the first day of 2011. Motorists will be required to use due care when approaching emergency vehicles which are stopped on the shoulder of a road or highway with emergency lights on.
Drivers must reduce speed on all roads when encountering a stopped police car or emergency vehicle with emergency lights flashing. On interstates and multiple lane highways, drivers are further required to move over to keep an empty lane between them and the emergency vehicle, unless traffic conditions or other hazards prevent the motorist from changing lanes safely.
Police officers in New York State will be vigilant in enforcing this new law, which will help assure the safety of law enforcement officers and emergency responders in the line of duty. Violation of this law will result in two points on the driver’s license, and a fine of up to $275, plus mandatory court surcharges.