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Move Over Law: New York expands rules to enhance highway safety

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York’s Move Over Law will extend its protection to include all stopped vehicles along the roadway, starting March 27, 2024. This expansion mandates drivers to slow down and, where possible, change lanes to ensure a safe distance from any disabled or stopped vehicle they encounter. “Our aim is to safeguard every individual on the road, particularly those in vulnerable situations on the roadside,” stated Governor Hochul. This legal adjustment is a response to the fatalities and dangers faced by drivers and passengers of disabled vehicles, with the state reporting 37 deaths from 2016 to 2020 in such scenarios.

The Move Over Law, initially introduced in 2010 to prevent collisions with emergency and stopped vehicles on highways, now broadens its reach to afford the same level of safety to all vehicles. This includes private cars alongside previously covered emergency responders, hazard vehicles, and highway maintenance crews. Authorities have initiated a comprehensive public awareness campaign to inform drivers about the revised law and the importance of adhering to it to prevent accidents and save lives.

Officials underscored the law’s critical role in preventing roadside tragedies and emphasized New York’s commitment to road safety. “By adhering to this law, drivers contribute significantly to the safety of all road users,” remarked DMV Commissioner and Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, Mark J.F. Schroeder. With the Move Over Law’s expansion, New York continues its efforts to create safer highways for everyone, echoing the state’s ongoing dedication to reducing road fatalities and enhancing the wellbeing of its residents.

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