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The NY Move Over Law

Posted by attorney Matthew Weiss

On January 1, 2011, New York State’s enacted the move over law.

The law requires drivers to safely slow down and move over when they see a stopped emergency vehicle with red flashing lights. Violators are issued a traffic ticket which carries 2 points and roughly $150 fine. On single lane roads, motorists must slow down and use caution.

We've received reports that cops are using the move over law to trap drivers. In particular, they park on the side of the road with lights on and wait for drivers to fail to move over. Despite there being no emergency, drivers are then pulled over and issued a “move over" summons.

Don't get caught breaking this new law. Slow down and move over when you see any emergency vehicle on the side of the road with its lights illuminated.

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