New York’s ‘Move Over Law’ Expanded to Include Tow Trucks
In a press release issued December 26, 2011, the New York State Department of Transportation alerted New Yorkers to a change in the state’s ‘Move Over Law.’ The ‘Move Over Law,’ which initially took effect on Jan. 1, 2011, has been expanded to require motorists to change lanes when approaching vehicles with flashing amber lights, such as tow trucks.
The move over law requires motorists to move over and change lanes to give safe clearance to emergency responders assisting motorists. The law is designed to save lives and prevent accidents.
In addition to police, fire trucks and ambulances, the law now requires motorists to move over for tow trucks, HELP trucks, highway maintenance trucks and any other vehicle being used in the construction or maintenance of roadways.
Our Binghamton car accident attorneys are providing this information as an important safety reminder for those traveling our highways in the Binghamton area, as well as throughout the state of New York. Please give our emergency responders the space they need to safely and effectively perform their jobs.
The law requires that, when possible, motorists must change lanes when they approach an incident where there is a vehicle with flashing red or amber lights. When it is not possible to move over, or there is only one lane, drivers must slow down.
New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said, “The men and women who work on our highways perform essential, often life saving, services. It’s always been common sense to move over to give them room to do their jobs, and now it’s the law.”
Currently, Hawaii and Washington, D.C. are the only two jurisdictions without a move over law.
New York State Troopers in Westchester County and Erie County, an Onondaga County Sheriff’s deputy in Syracuse, and a man working on a lane striping crew in Erie County have all died in roadside accidents, according to the press release.
Syracuse.com reports on November 20, 2011, a tow truck operator who was assisting a motorist on the eastbound Thruway, near Interstate 481, near Syracuse, was killed when he was struck by a tractor-trailer.
Please do your part in keeping our emergency responders safe and move over.
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