Do you know when to move over for emergency vehicles?

New York’s notoriously dense traffic can do more than slow down your commute or derail Seinfeld plots. It can also pose a real danger to emergency responders and the people they are trying to help. When emergency vehicles cannot maneuver and stop safely, they can’t do their critical, life-saving work effectively.

To help these brave workers do their jobs, the state requires that civilian drivers move to a free lane and slow down when passing stopped emergency vehicles, police officers, tow trucks and other service vehicles. Lawmakers recently expanded this law – do you know all the vehicles that you should be making room for?

More first responders protected under new law

New York lawmakers recently expanded the scope of the state’s “Move Over” law, formally known as the Ambrose-Searles Act. As of January 17, drivers are now required to move over and slow down for volunteer firefighters and first responders as well as professionals.

In a recent news conference covered by WBFO, legislators cited recent tragedies involving stopped vehicles – including the death of three police officers and a tow truck driver. They hope that the inclusion of volunteer first responders will drive down avoidable injuries and fatalities to emergency personnel across the state.

Do you think the law will help? Are you an emergency responder who has felt unsafe because of passing cars? Tell us your thoughts below, or share this post with a friend.