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Changes Coming to NY’s Move Over Law


Changes to New York’s Move Over Law take effect next week.

Starting on March 27, drivers will be required by law to slow down and move over to avoid collisions with any vehicle stopped along a roadway.

“The safety of all New Yorkers is my top priority, especially those pulled over to the side of the road,” Governor Hochul said. “If you see that you are approaching a disabled vehicle, slow down and move over as best you can to give them some space.”

First taking effect in 2010, the law was originally aimed at preventing crashes with emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the road. The law has been expanded multiple times since to include other vehicles such as tow trucks.

Last year, Governor Hochul signed into law this newest change requiring drivers to either change into a lane not immediately adjacent to any vehicle on the side of the road or slow down if the lane change can’t be safely made.

According to the governor’s office, 37 people were killed outside a disabled vehicle in New York between 2016 and 2020. Nationally, the office adds that approximately 300 drivers are fatally struck on the side of the road each year.

New York State Police Acting Superintendent Steven G. James said, “The New York State Police remains committed to keeping our roadways safe – for those who travel them, and for those who work on them. By expanding the Move Over Law and vigorously enforcing its provisions, we will be able to further improve safety for all who utilize our roads throughout the state. I thank Governor Hochul for her shared dedication and steadfast commitment to enhancing safety on New York’s roadways.”


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