Thursday, 28 March 2024 14:15

New York’s Expanded Move Over Law in Effect

Initially enacted to prevent collisions with emergency vehicles stopped on the roadway, drivers are now required to take precautions to avoid a crash with all vehicles stopped along the roadway. Photo: trafficsafety.ny.gov. Initially enacted to prevent collisions with emergency vehicles stopped on the roadway, drivers are now required to take precautions to avoid a crash with all vehicles stopped along the roadway. Photo: trafficsafety.ny.gov.

ALBANY — Effective March 27, New York’s expanded Move Over Law stipulates that drivers will be required to take precautions, including slowing down and moving over, to avoid a crash with ALL vehicles stopped along the roadway.

In 2010, New York State implemented the Move Over Law to prevent collisions with emergency vehicles that were stopped on the roadway.  The law has since been expanded several times to also cover hazard vehicles, highway worker vehicles, and tow trucks. In 2023, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill to further strengthen the law by including this protection for all vehicles stopped on the roadway. 

“If you see that you are approaching a disabled vehicle, slow down and move over as best you can to give them some space,” Hochul said in a statement. 

From 2016 to 2020, 37 individuals were killed outside disabled vehicles in New York. Nationally, nearly 300 drivers are struck and killed roadside every year. The Move Over Law was enacted to prevent those tragedies and make New York’s roadways safer for all.

Under the law, when a driver is approaching a vehicle stopped along either shoulder of the road, they should: change into a lane not immediately adjacent to the vehicle, or slow down to a reasonable speed if unable to safely make a lane change.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, all 50 states have “Move Over” laws to protect law enforcement officers and other first responders, yet one-third of Americans are not aware of these laws.

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