State ‘Move Over’ Law to Expand to All Disabled Vehicles

Starting Wednesday, drivers will be required to move over slow down if they can’t, for all disabled vehicles on the side of a road.

The Move Over Law, which previously applied to emergency and other specialized vehicles, “Requires an operator of a motor vehicle to exercise due care to avoid colliding with a vehicle which is parked, stopped, or standing on the shoulder of a parkway or controlled-access highway.”

“The safety of all New Yorkers is my top priority, especially those pulled over to the side of the road,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “If you see that you are approaching a disabled vehicle, slow down and move over as best you can to give them some space.”

From 2016 to 2020, 37 individuals were killed outside disabled vehicles in New York, the governor’s office said. Nationally, nearly 300 drivers are struck and killed roadside every year. The Move Over Law was enacted to prevent those tragedies and make New York’s roadways safer for all.

The law first became effective in 2010 for emergency vehicles. The law has been expanded several times to also cover hazard vehicles, highway worker vehicles, and tow trucks. Under the law, when a driver is approaching a vehicle stopped along either shoulder of the road, they should:

  • change into a lane not immediately adjacent to the vehicle, or
  • slow down to a reasonable speed if unable to safely make a lane change.

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