New York State Police announced that during a concerted enforcement period in January, 197 motorists were pulled over for failing to move over along the New York State Thruway, according to Troop T reports.
The traffic safety initiative was intended to promote awareness of a new state law that requires motorists to change lanes or slow down when approaching a service vehicle stopped at the side of the road.
The law that took effect Jan. 1 extended an earlier protection to tow trucks, maintenance crews and other vehicles with flashing amber lights. The original Move Over Law covered police, fire, rescue, and other emergency vehicles with flashing red or white lights.
Maj. Robert C. Meyers, commander of Troop T, which patrols the Thruway system, said, "Common courtesy and common sense dictate that motorists should give emergency service personnel and highway crews room to do their jobs. Now it's the law. Troop T will ticket those who violate it."
Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison Jr., added that the "Safety for our customers -- and for the people who serve them -- is our number one priority. This law gives State Police another enforcement tool to achieve that objective."
Drivers who violate the Move Over Law could face up to $360 in fines, and drivers could also be assessed three points on their driving record.
During concentrated enforcement activities for the Move Over Law at the end of January, Troop T members issued a total of 325 tickets, with 197 of those for failure to observe the Move Over Law. Other violations included failure to wear a seat belt, and talking on a cell phone while driving.