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Expansion of State SLOW DOWN – MOVE OVER Law Goes Into Effect Tomorrow

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Starting tomorrow, March 27th, drivers throughout the State of New York will have to use additional caution and be able to slow down and move over for any vehicle that is stopped on state highways. The new expansion to the state’s Slow Down and Move Over Law now covers any type of vehicle stopped alongside the highway, not just emergency vehicles or service vehicles.


Between 2016 and 2020, 37 people were killed outside of a disabled vehicle in the state, and nationally, almost 300 drivers are struck and killed each year, Governor Hochul’s Office says.

The MOVE-OVER Law was first enacted back in 2010, but has been expanded multiple times over the years to include hazard vehicles, highway worker vehicles, and tow trucks. In 2023, Governor Hochul signed legislation to expand the law to cover all stopped vehicles.

Under the law, when a driver is approaching a vehicle stopped along either shoulder of the road, they should:

· change into a lane not immediately adjacent to the vehicle, or

· slow down to a reasonable speed if unable to safely make a lane change.

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