“Move-Over” for Emergency Vehicles – It’s the Law

by Jane Ahrens

“Move-Over” law expanded to volunteer vehicles

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York’s “Move-Over” law has been expanded.

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation in 2016, the law now require drivers to slow down and move over a lane when volunteer firefighter vehicles or ambulances with green and blue flashing lights are headed toward an emergency.

“Our first responders risk their lives day in and day out, often putting their own safety and well-being in jeopardy, in order to protect their communities and their fellow New Yorkers,” Gov. Cuomo said. “This new law will help ensure those first responders are protected from avoidable hazards when responding to a roadside emergency.”

In the past, the law only applied to drivers on the same road as emergency vehicles with flashing red and white or amber lights.

FI Editor’s Note: A reminder that on Fishers Island you must pull over for emergency vehicles at all times, including volunteer’s in trucks trying to reach the scene – no matter what color the lights.

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