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States MOVE-OVER Law Expands on March 27th – Includes All Stopped Vehicles on Highways


Beginning on March 27th, motorists driving within the State of New York will be required to use extra precautions which include slowing down and moving over for any vehicle stopped along highways. The new requirement is part of an expansion of the state’s MOVE-OVER Law that was expanded to improve highway safety and save lives.

“The safety of all New Yorkers is my top priority, especially those pulled over to the side of the road,” Governor Hochul said. “If you see that you are approaching a disabled vehicle, slow down and move over as best you can to give them some space.”

The Governor’s Office says 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.

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.

“The New York State Police remains committed to keeping our roadways safe – for those who travel them, and for those who work on them. By expanding the Move Over Law and vigorously enforcing its provisions, we will be able to further improve safety for all who utilize our roads throughout the state. I thank Governor Hochul for her shared dedication and steadfast commitment to enhancing safety on New York’s roadways.”

Said New York State Police Acting Superintendent Steven G. James.

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