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Hochul signs law expanding New York’s “Move Over” law

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Governor Hochul has signed into law a new bill expanding New York’s Slow Down/Move Over requirement to encompass disabled cars on highways and parkways.

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Prior to this legislation, the rule mandated motorists to slow down and change lanes only when encountering emergency lights from entities such as police cars, tow trucks, and maintenance vehicles.

Senator Lea Webb, the bill’s sponsor, emphasized that the amendment aims to reduce the fatalities and severe injuries linked to accidents involving stationary or impaired vehicles.

Between 2016 and 2020, over 1,700 individuals were struck by vehicles while outside their disabled cars, with 37 of those incidents resulting in fatalities within New York, as per AAA data.

Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski remarked on the law’s enhancement, noting that the previous version successfully safeguarded first responders and road workers. By including disabled vehicles in the legislation, the state expects to further bolster road safety. The updated mandate will be operational in 180 days.

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