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Drivers reminded to ‘move over’

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico is reminding drivers to move over and slow down when encountering emergency vehicles on New York’s roads and highways.

Troopers issued 865 tickets last weekend in a statewide  enforcement effort.

The Ambrose-Searles “Move Over Act” was signed into law last summer and the move over and slow down provisions went into effect Jan. 1. 

The act requires drivers to exercise care to avoid colliding with an authorized emergency vehicle that is parked, stopped or standing on the shoulder of a road or highway with its emergency lights activated. Drivers must reduce speed on all roads when encountering such vehicles, but on parkways, interstates and other controlled access highways with multiple lanes, drivers are further required to move from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle, unless traffic or other hazards exist to prevent doing so safely.

The act is named in honor of New York State Trooper Robert W. Ambrose and Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputy Glenn M. Searles, both killed in the line of duty while their patrol vehicles were stopped on the side of the road. The act also honors others who have lost their lives on the highways while serving the public.

A violation of this law is a punishable as a moving violation in New York state and punishible by a fine of up to $275 and two points on the driver’s license record.