Move Over Law Expands

January 12, 2017 - 7:53 am
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Starting Friday, drivers in New York will need to move over for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.

Under the original law, drivers were required to either shift to the next lane or slow down for police and firefighters. That has since expanded to tow trucks and sanitation vehicles. When a vehicle with a blue or green flashing light is flashing, the move over law will now apply as well.

"The people who use these vehicles are volunteering their time to keep us safe, and we need to return the favor," says State Senator Tim Kennedy. "These volunteer firefighters and first responders come to the aid of individuals who need it the most."

Currently, drivers must use due care when approaching an emergency vehicle that displays red and/or white emergency lighting on all roads and highways and drivers must reduce speed. On Parkways and other controlled access highways with multiple lanes, when approaching an emergency vehicle that displays red and/or white emergency lighting or a hazard vehicle displaying flashing amber lighting, Drivers must move from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency or hazard vehicle, unless traffic or other hazards exist to prevent doing so safely. With the new changes to the law, vehicles with flashing blue and green lights will be included in these protections. 
 
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