Binghamton Drivers Reminded To “Move Over”
Officials with the New York State Department of Transportation and the State Police are urging drivers to obey provisions of the “Move Over Act” that took effect almost 18 months ago.
State law initially required motorists to move over to the next lane when a police vehicle was stopped with its emergency lights activated.
The expanded law includes all hazard vehicles with amber lights that are involved in construction or maintenance and roadside assistance.
The DOT is issuing the reminder as work continues on several major construction and maintenance projects across the Southern Tier, including the continuation of the Prospect Mountain project at the 17/81 split in Binghamton.
Violators of the Move Over Act face fines of up to $275, including a court surcharge of $85. A penalty of up to 15 days in jail also may be imposed and three points could be assessed on a driver’s license.