Albany, NY – The NYS Police are
reminding motorists to slow down when they see emergency or hazard vehicles on
the side of state roads and highways.
In an effort to reduce speed-related crashes, improve safe
highway travel and protect those working alongside our roads, the New York
State Police will initiate special traffic enforcement efforts from April 1 –
Drivers can expect increased patrols on the roads
enforcing both speed and the “Move Over Law.”
The Ambrose-Searles “Move Over Law” went into effect in
January of 2011 and requires drivers to exercise due care to avoid colliding
with an authorized emergency or hazard vehicle which 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 Ambrose-Searles ‘Move Over Law,' was named in honor of
New York State Trooper Robert W. Ambrose and Onondaga County Sheriff Deputy
Glenn M. Searles who were both killed in the line of duty while their patrol
vehicles were stopped on the side of the road, and to honor others who have
tragically lost their lives on the highways while serving the public.
The New York State Police are partnering with the New York
State Thruway Authority and the New York State Department of Transportation for
Drivers can expect to see messages posted on electronic
sign boards along state roadways throughout the week reminding them to “Move
Over” and slow down.