Effective January 1, 2012, New York State joined 41 other states that give law enforcement and roadside workers the margin of safety they need to do their job. The Ambrose-Searles Move Over Act now requires drivers to "move over" for tow trucks, maintenance, and other hazard vehicles. As a way to increase awareness of this new law, AAA New York State is launching their "Slow Down, Move Over, It's the Law" campaign. This campaign emphasizes the following updates to the law:
--The law applies to any stopped emergency response, tow truck or maintenance vehicle with its lights flashing.
--On parkways, interstates and other controlled access highways with multiple lanes, drivers must move from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle, unless traffic or other hazards exist to prevent doing so safely.
--On all roads, drivers must reduce speed.
--Violators will be punished with a $150 fine plus a state surcharge of $80-85, and will receive two violation points on their license.
A PDF of the campaign materials can be downloaded as an 11x17 poster or a 4x9 bookmark
Please call (516) 535-2566 if you would like to order additional materials.
New York State has upgraded the ban on the use of handheld devices while driving, including phone calls, sending of text messages, e-mail and web surfing, to a primary offense. This means that an officer can ticket you for using a handheld device while driving without witnessing another violation. Violators using a handheld cell phone while driving are subject to a $100 fine plus an $85 surcharge. Those texting, e-mailing or web-surfing while driving are subject to a $150 fine plus an $85 surcharge. Both violation categories will result in 3 points on your license.
You can download the "Texting While Driving Has Got To Go" poster by clicking Here