On January 1, 2011, a new law went into effect that requires motorists to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles on all New York roads and highways. Entitled the Ambrose-Searles Move Over Act, it was created to protect law enforcement officers and emergency workers by requiring drivers to:
• Use due care when approaching an emergency vehicle that displays red and/or white emergency lighting.
• Reduce speed on all roads and highways
• On multilane highways, move over from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle, unless traffic or other hazards exist to prevent doing so safely.
Violators of this law can be fined up to $275, plus mandatory court surcharge, and will get two points on their driver's license record.
In the past decade, more than 150 law enforcement officers have been struck and killed along America's highways. Just recently, Nassau County Police Officer Michael J. Califano was killed when his patrol car was crushed as he was conducting a traffic law stop on the Long Island Expressway at exit 39 in Old Westbury.
Governor David A. Paterson, who signed the law last summer, said, "This law will work to safeguard the emergency personnel who protect us day and night as we travel. The 'Ambrose-Searles Act' is a common sense approach that will work to prevent avoidable collisions with emergency personnel, and I was pleased to sign it into law last summer."
The Ambrose-Searles ‘Move Over Act,' is 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.
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