If any emergency vehicle is stopped, parked or standing while displaying flashing lights drivers are required to slow down and carefully switch lanes.
What to do when an emergency vehicle is approaching
Be aware of your surroundings, if you hear sirens approaching or see flashing lights carefully slow down and move over to the shoulder or switch lanes. DO NOT try to beat or out run the emergency vehicle.
New York's Move Over Law
This law was made effective in 2011 and states that all motorists must move over or slow down to vehicles performing service on the side of the road. This includes tow trucks, snow plows, police cars and ambulances.
Consequences for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle
Failure to switch lanes or slow down can result in a "failure to yield to an emergency vehicle summons" with 3 points and $150 fine.
Additional resources provided by the author
If you received a summons for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle or any other traffic ticket, we can fight for you. With more than 29 years of experience, Michael Block has successfully defended motorists throughout New York. Call (212) 227-9008 or email [email protected] for free advice.
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