NY State Troopers Pull Over Nearly 200 Drivers in January for Violation of the NY Move Over Law
In the hope of raising awareness of the new NY Move Over Law, NY State Police pulled over 197 drivers on the NY Thruway during January 2012.
The original New York Ambrose-Searles Move Over Law went into effect January 1, 2011. New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 1144-a requires motorists to use extreme care to avoid an accident when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped or standing on the shoulder of a road with its emergency lights flashing.
When you are driving in a multi-lane highway and you are approaching an ambulance that is standing on the side of the road, you need to slow down and move over to create a safe distance. If travelling on a single lane road under similar circumstances, New York VTL 1144-a requires motorists to slow down and use caution.
The new NY Move Over Law went into effect January 1, 2012. The amended NY VTL 1144-a extended the original law to include safety personnel involved in roadside assistance and highway maintenance. Therefore, while travelling on a highway and approach a tow truck, HELP truck, maintenance vehicle or construction vehicle, you must exercise the same caution as if it was a state trooper or ambulance.
Drivers who violate the law could be fined up to $275, plus a court surcharge of $85, and sentenced to up to 15 days in jail. The driver also could be assessed three points on their driving record.
The impact of a conviction for violating New York Move Over Law on your insurance premium cannot be ignored. Also, the three points that are tacked onto your driving record for a conviction of violating the NY Move Over Law is significant. If you accumulate 11 points in 18 months, your license may be suspended.
Last year, New York State Troopers gave out 16,000 tickets for violating VTL 1144-a.
An experienced NY traffic lawyer may be able to help you reduce the number of points, lower the fine and save you money by employing aggressive negotiation tactics to reach the best settlement or “plea bargain” possible. In most instances, an effective New York traffic attorney will achieve a resolution without you having to appear in court so that you do not have to miss work or spend your valuable time in court.