By David C. Bruffett, Jr., Esq.
Regarding New York’s ‘Move Over Law’: It is important to know that Section 1144 of the NYS Traffic Law, commonly called the ‘Move Over Law’, requires that drivers approaching a parked or stopped emergency vehicle, that is in the same lane of travel, must move over to an adjacent lane. On multi-lane roads drivers must move one lane away and leave a buffer space of one lane.
If that is not possible, a driver must slow down to at least 20 mph under the posted speed. If you are on a two lane road, you are to reduce your speed and move to the furthest left inside your lane as you pass the stopped vehicle.
The law was modified in 2012 to include tow trucks, maintenance and other vehicles with amber lights to the types of vehicles that if stopped, require you to move to an adjacent lane. A conviction of VTL 1144 carries both a $275 fine and 3 points on your license.
The law requires that you comply by moving over unless traffic or other hazards exist that prevent you from doing so safely.