Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Move Over Law is Enforced in the Finger Lakes, VTL 1144

There is a new law that is being strictly enforced throughout the Finger Lakes region of New York State, Steuben County (Towns of Avoca, Savona, Wayland, Bath, Cohocton), on 390, I-17, I-86 called the:

Ambrose-Searles 'Move Over Act'

Effective January 1, 2011

Protects law enforcement officers and emergency workers stopped along roadways while performing their duties.
  • Drivers must use due care when approaching an emergency vehicle that displays red and/or white emergency lighting.
    • On all roads and highways, drivers must reduce speed;
    • On Parkways 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.


  • Violations of this law are punishable as a moving violation.
The charge brings Points (2), fines (range of $0 to $150), and a NYS surcharge ($85).

Under VTL (Vehicle and Traffic Law) 1144 (a) there is a failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle law already in effect which is a fine range of $0 to $275, 3 points, with an $85 surcharge.

You can contact me to discuss representation for these as well as other moving violations in Steuben County.