Albany, NY - New State “Move Over” Law Effected Today
Albany, NY - Starting Saturday motorists must slow down, and when possible, move over a lane when encountering emergency vehicles on New York’s roads and highways.
This is part of the new Ambrose-Searles ‘Move Over Act’ that was signed into law last summer by Governor Paterson.
The law requires drivers to exercise care to avoid colliding with Police or emergency vehicles on the side of the road when there lights are on.
The law is named after two state troopers who were killed when their patrols cars were stopped on the side of the road and makes some officers feel a little safer.
“You never feel safe, you’re always on guard, never complacent. But yeah it’s a better feeling to stop a car knowing people will be more careful of the officer, even an ambulance or fire truck that’s pulled over.” said Sgt. Thomas Williams
A violation of the law is punishable by a fine of up to $275 along with two points on the driver’s license record.
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