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December 23, 2011- Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces that the New York State “Move Over” Law has been amended to include moving over for hazard vehicles, displaying amber lights.

After two New York law enforcement officers were struck and killed by passing vehicles, the Ambrose-Searles move-over law was enacted. The law, which went into effect in January of 2011, requires motorists to move to a different lane when they are approaching a parked, stopped or standing authorized emergency vehicle, such as a police car, fire truck or ambulance. When it is not possible to move-over or there is only one lane, drivers must slow down. Drivers caught violating this particular law could face a fine of $275, in addition to being assessed two points on their license for this traffic violation.

Beginning January 1, 2012, the law will also apply to motorists who are approaching hazard vehicles. Hazard vehicles include any tow trucks, snow plows or any other vehicles that are being used in the construction or maintenance of roadways. The law is designed to protect emergency personnel and construction workers who are at risk while performing their job functions.