Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a week-long campaign to raise awareness of New York’s "Move Over" law, which requires drivers to use due care, slow down and safely move over when approaching law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, construction and maintenance vehicles stopped along the roadway. The law was first established in 2011 to protect law enforcement and emergency services personnel and has since been expanded to include a wider range of emergency and hazard vehicles.
"The work performed by these first responders and workers is critical to the safety of our roadways and the motorists who use them. Every precaution must be taken to reduce the danger already inherent in these hazardous jobs and avoid preventable tragedies," Governor Cuomo said. "With this aggressive statewide campaign, we send a clear message that there is zero tolerance for reckless driving that places these essential workers in harm's way."
The PSA features emergency and hazard responders and will be shown on broadcast and cable stations throughout New York, promoted in all 27 service areas along the New York State Thruway and in 24 DMV offices, and featured on social media platforms. The PSA is available on YouTube here and in TV quality here.
Throughout the week, Thruway staff, State Troopers, and tow truck operators will promote the campaign at service areas by handing out educational flyers and engaging in conversations about the importance of the "Move Over" law with motorists. Variable message signs across the state will display reminders and informational posters will be hung at Thruway service areas in support of the campaign.
Additionally, New York State Police Troop T, the troop that patrols the Thruway, will conduct a "Move Over" enforcement detail on the Thruway from November 14 through 18, targeting motorists who fail to move over for emergency vehicles, tow trucks, and maintenance vehicles.
Recent fatal crashes on roads across New York emphasize the critical importance of the "Move Over" campaign. James Homkey of Canajoharie was fatally injured on October 10 while performing his duties as a tow truck operator, assisting a disabled vehicle on the Thruway in Montgomery County. Ronald C. Deming of Little Falls was fatally injured on October 28 while doing his job as a Construction Equipment Operator Heavy for the Thruway Authority in Herkimer County.