Move Over Law Leads to Catskills Tickets

June 30, 2011 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

Move Over Law

A recent New York Vehicle and Traffic Law put into effect on January 1, 2011 with the goal of protecting police, firefighters and emergency personnel, requires motorists to move over or slow down when approaching and passing a parked emergency or police vehicle with its lights flashing.

The Ambrose-Searles Act (also known as the “Move Over” law (VTL) 1144-a ) says drivers must move over to the lane that is farthest from where the police or other emergency vehicle is stopped.  If one is on a single lane road, he must slow down and pass the emergency vehicles at a safe distance.

A driver that fails to slow down and change lanes under these circumstances can be issued a traffic ticket or moving violation summons which carries two (2) points and maximum fine of $150.

It has come to our attention that many drivers on their way to or from the Catskills have been issued New York traffic ticketsfor not obeying the New York Move Over Law . Drivers have witnessed a police car on the side of the road with its flashing lights on (and sometimes without), waiting for motorists to fail to move over. Drivers are then stopped and issued a “move over” ticket.

If you have been caught and ticketed for this ticket, we can help – contact us now.