IN CASE YOU MISSED IT : You are required to move over or slow down in New York if you’re approaching a parked emergency vehicle with its lights flashing. The “Move Over” law took effect in New York at midnight Saturday — to try and protect law enforcement, firefighters and other emergency workers.
And in case you didn’t already know: New Jersey has had the law for a year.
Under the law, you must move over to the lane that is farthest from where the emergency vehicle is pulled over.
On a single-lane road, you have to slow down — rule of thumb is 20 mph under the posted limit — and pass at a safe distance.
Violations not only carry fines: It’s points off your license.
The laws began springing up after a paramedic in South Carolina was hit by a passing car at an accident scene in 1994. At the urging of the U.S. Dept of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, states began adopting their own measures exactly a decade ago.
New York State, for some reason, was one of the last holdouts. Only Hawaii and Washington, D.C. are left.
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