CSEA Union Asks NY Drivers to Obey the ‘Move Over Law’
In January, our Binghamton car accident attorneys offered information about New York’s enhanced ‘Move Over Law.’ The expanded ‘Move Over Law’ went into effect Jan. 1 requiring motorists to change lanes when approaching vehicles with flashing amber lights, such as tow trucks. Now, the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) is raising awareness of this new law saying New Yorkers haven’t yet gotten the message.
The Post Star News reports since 1983, 45 CSEA members have lost their lives on the job while working in work zones and in the U.S, nearly 600 workers died while on the job in work zones in 2010 alone. The ‘Move Over Law’ is designed to help save lives and prevent injuries for NY’s emergency responders and work crew. In order to raise awareness about the dangers of not moving over for work crew, the CSEA is ramping up its “Don’t Zone Out” distracted driving campaign.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), there were 87,606 crashes in work zones nationwide in 2010. Of those crashes, 576 people died and 37,476 were injured. 106 of the fatalities were to the construction workers. NY State had 497 accidents in road construction and maintenance zones with 202 injuries and 5 fatalities.
The CSEA offers the following safety guidelines when driving around work zones to help improve the safety of NY workers:
- Obey posted speed limits.
- Put the phone down and drive.
- Never send or read text messages while driving.
- In work zones, focus only on your driving.
- If someone calls you while they’re driving, hang up.
- Move over where possible. Give our men and women working on the roads the same respect that we now give to emergency workers and traffic stops.
“In an instant, lives can change forever because of distracted driving,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue. “That’s just as true for the driver as it is for the workers and their families. The “move over law” greatly reduces risk and if obeyed, it will save lives and anguish.”
Our Binghamton car accident attorneys encourage all NY drivers to obey traffic laws to stay safe on our highways. Emergency workers and construction workers are doing their job to keep us safe. Let’s do the same to keep them safe.
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