This week, November 14th through the 18th is Crash Responder Safety Week and the theme for this year is “Respect Our Roadside Heroes.”
The week is designated to remind drivers to help protect workers and emergency personnel along the roadways throughout the state by following the state’s law, Slow Down, Mover Over.
“Roadside deaths can be avoided if drivers slow down and move over to give workers a safety zone,” said Elizabeth Carey, Director of Public Relations at AAA Western and Central New York. “Emergency roadside assistance is at the core of AAA’s traffic safety mission. Yet, the men and women who help AAA members when they are in need also put their lives on the line every day.”
From 2015 to 2019, 33 people were killed while outside a disabled or stopped vehicle on a highway in New York State.
New York’s Move Over Law requires all drivers to proceed with caution when approaching a disabled or stopped vehicle and, if allowed, move over one lane when passing an emergency vehicle, tow truck, or road maintenance vehicle with flashing lights.