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State DOT reminds drivers to move over for emergency vehicles

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The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the State Department of Transportation, State Police and the State Thruway Authority reminded motorists today of the importance of moving over for first responders and others who assist with motor vehicle crashes and other roadside incidents.

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This reminder comes as part of the second annual National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week which runs from November 11 to 17.

The awareness week was created by the Federal Highway Administration to spotlight the dangers emergency responders face while responding to traffic incidents.

New York’s “Move Over” Law requires cars to move over, if they can safely do so, for police, firefighters, ambulance workers, tow-truck drivers and other personnel as they work at crash scenes. Motorists are similarly required to move when construction and maintenance vehicles are stopped alongside roads.

The law was expanded in July 2016 to include volunteer firefighter and ambulance workers, and in November 2016 to include sanitation vehicles such as garbage and recycling trucks.

Since the law was first enacted in 2011, almost 107,000 people have been ticketed for failing to move over. So far in 2018, 12,775 tickets have been issued.

The penalty for violating the Move Over law is a fine of up to $150, or jail time of up to 15 days, or both. It also counts for 2 points on a driver license.

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