In the State of New York, there is a law that states drivers must slow down and/or move over to the next lane (if possible) if there is an emergency vehicle or stopped vehicle on the shoulder. This is for the safety of those on the shoulder, as motorists who are driving at a high speed are less able to react quickly if, say, a stopped driver opens their door and steps onto the road. Unfortunately, many drivers simply ignore this law.
This year alone, New York State Police have given out more than 600 tickets to violators of the Move Over Law in just the Troop E region. This region includes 10 Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Rochester-area counties. Yet, even with these tickets, state police still fear for their own safety when they are stopped on the side of the road.
One state trooper, Dan Irland, says he constantly looks over his shoulder when he gets out of his car after pulling a car over on Route 590. He knows other drivers will still be whizzing by, not concerned about him walking on the side of the road. After he issues a citation to whomever he pulled over, he checks his radar gun to see how fast passing drivers were passing him. Some are clocked at nearly 60 miles per hour, just feet from where he is standing.
However, it’s not just police officers who are at risk. Other first responders, such as paramedics and tow truck operators, face the same dangers. In truth, anyone who is out of their car on the side of the road faces the risk of being hit. In recent months, one man was speaking with a tow truck operator on the shoulder, when he was struck and killed by a passing motorist. Police say that, with many lanes to the left on Route 590, there is no excuse for drivers not getting over. Often, they simply aren’t paying attention, whether they are on their phone or otherwise distracted.
If you receive a traffic ticket in New York for not moving over or any other reason, we can help. Contact the attorneys at Feifer & Greenberg today for a free consultation.