You already know the rule, or should know if you are a motorist in New York State. And that rule is, move over in traffic when passing an emergency vehicle to help prevent collisions. And not too long ago, that law was amended to include hazard vehicles and other responder vehicles

WNBF News Radio 1290 AM & 92.1 FM logo
Get our free mobile app

I've seen motorists go one step further and move over when they encounter a disabled vehicle on the side of the road. While it hasn't been a rule on New York State roadways, that is changing.

This enhancement to the existing 'Move Over' law was sponsored by Senator Lea Webb, and extends the law to all non-emergency vehicles stopped on the roadway. This addition to the existing law provides increased protection for motorists and emergency responders alike.

I want to thank Governor Hochul for signing this legislation, which will extend safety protections to any motor vehicle that is parked, stopped, or standing on the shoulder of a parkway or controlled-access highway, increasing safety and saving the lives of New Yorkers. - Senator Lea Webb.

Senator Webb adds that in this situation, motorists need to reduce speed and when possible move from the lane when approaching flashing emergency lights from any officers, emergency workers, tow trucks and maintenance workers stopped alongside the roadway.

With this enhancement to the 'Move Over'  law, the aim is to decrease fatalities and serious injuries due to crashes involving a stopped or disabled vehicle on New York State roadways.

Keeping New Yorkers safe is my top priority, and traffic safety is no exception. The legislation signed today will make streets across our state safer for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, and especially for our schoolchildren. Thank you to my partners in the legislature for their work in getting these bills to the finish line - New York is better for it. - Governor Kathy Hochul (Governor Hochul Press Release)

Senator Lea Webb notes that "personal vehicles stopped on the sides of highways remained a safety hazard, with nearly 300 drivers being struck and killed roadside annually. From 2016 to 2020, 37 individuals lost their lives outside disabled vehicles in New York."

MORE THAN YOU THINK: Notable NFL Players Born In Upstate New York

Many football heads point to Florida, California, and Texas as the biggest hubs of football talent, but upstate New York has had its fair share of players to become difference makers in the NFL.

Take a look at the players born in upstate New York who have lived the NFL dream!

11 New York State Stereotypes

Each of the 50 states has it's good, it's bad, it's ugly, and it's stereotypes! Living in New York is far from an exception from this.

Whether you live bordering Canada or are all the way down in Manhattan yelling "I'm walking here!" at the tourists stopped in the middle of Times Square, you're tainted by outsiders with the classic New York State stereotypes.

Whether you can say you agree or not;

Here are 11 New York State stereotypes and misconceptions...

Gallery Credit: Olivia Sturgell

Your Ghost Guide to The 50 Most Haunted Places in New York State

Gallery Credit: Traci Taylor

More From WNBF News Radio 1290 AM & 92.1 FM