NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A new year always brings new laws and one in New York is designed to protect emergency workers.

The “Move Over Act” took effect Saturday. It calls for drivers to slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle with its lights flashing.

If you’re on a highway, the rule goes one step further. Drivers now have to move out of the lane next to an emergency vehicle at the scene of an accident.

Violators face a fine and points on their license.

Comments (14)
  1. Will says:

    From the NYS VTL:

    Sec. 1144. Operation of vehicles on approach of authorized emergency vehicles
    (a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle equipped with at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred feet to the front of such vehicle other than a police vehicle or bicycle when operated as an authorized emergency vehicle, and when audible signals are sounded from any said vehicle by siren, exhaust whistle, bell, air-horn or electronic equivalent; the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right of way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway, or to either edge of a one-way roadway three or more lanes in width, clear of any intersection, and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
    (b) This section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with reasonable care for all persons using the highway.Sec. 1144. Operation of vehicles on approach of authorized emergency vehicles
    (a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle equipped with at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred feet to the front of such vehicle other than a police vehicle or bicycle when operated as an authorized emergency vehicle, and when audible signals are sounded from any said vehicle by siren, exhaust whistle, bell, air-horn or electronic equivalent; the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right of way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway, or to either edge of a one-way roadway three or more lanes in width, clear of any intersection, and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
    (b) This section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with reasonable care for all persons using the highway.

  2. Will McQ says:

    From the NYS Vehicle Travel Law book:

    Sec. 1144. Operation of vehicles on approach of authorized emergency vehicles
    (a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle equipped with at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred feet to the front of such vehicle other than a police vehicle or bicycle when operated as an authorized emergency vehicle, and when audible signals are sounded from any said vehicle by siren, exhaust whistle, bell, air-horn or electronic equivalent; the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right of way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway, or to either edge of a one-way roadway three or more lanes in width, clear of any intersection, and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
    (b) This section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with reasonable care for all persons using the highway.

  3. Joe Sr says:

    You know, may of us talk about common sense, especially when it comes to emergency vehicls. I don’t know when common sense went, where it went or why it went; I just know it went! For example, does anyone really need to be told not to smoke in a closed vehicle when a child is a passenger? Oh, how about drinking and driving or the cell phone travisty? Maybe common sense went when selfishness became fashionable!

    1. BigBen says:

      Joe Sr., PERFECTLY stated!!!

  4. Ed D says:

    @ Kitty, Yeah I thought so too! It’s common sense, but I thought pulling over was the law a long time ago!

  5. BigBen LI,NY says:

    Hi RoadTrip, Oh I think we all understand the law completely.
    My point is that it’s just terrible that some idiots have to be TOLD to slow down when approaching an emergency situation.

  6. RoadTrip says:

    You folks may be misunderstanding this new law. It’s not about pulling over to the side when an emergency vehicle is coming up behind you. It’s about slowing down and moving over a lane when approaching a STOPPED emergency vehicle that is attending to something (police pulling over a car, ambulance at an accident, fire vehicles at a fire). The intent is to prevent injuries to those people when they are vulnerable to being struck by careless motorists. You may remember the stories of police officers injured or killed when they were stopped in the shoulder attending to a motorist and were struck by someone at full speed who veered into the shoulder. With this law, motorists are directed to vacate the lane and move to the left to give the stopped emergency vehicle a safety cushion.

    New Jersey passed this law in 09, and many states have enacted similar laws over the past few years.

    1. frank says:

      LOL Do you really think this needed explaining??????????
      I guess we found 1 of them!!!!!!!!!!

  7. LOL over this says:

    This will last for about two weeks then its back to “who gives a sh.. status”.

  8. BigBen LI,NY says:

    You are correct, in that it’s a crying shame that the morons have to be TOLD this!!!!
    There’s just TOO much common sense & common courtesy lacking these days!

  9. Kitty says:

    Is this new or news? I always thought you had to move over? How is this different?

  10. Golden Bulls says:

    The “Move Over Act has been around for 35-years.

  11. Joe Sr says:

    Several years ago I lost a young patient, the single mom of a handicapped child because a garbage truck did not move out of the way of the emergency vehicle in which she was working as an EMT. Tragedy of tragedies. Frank is correrct when he says the sad part is that the morons need to be told this!

  12. frank says:

    The sad part about this, is that these friggin morons need to be told to do this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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