Some news today out of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office. He signed legislation expanding New York State’s “Move Over Law” to include volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers. The measure (S.7938/A.8702-A) requires drivers to slow down and move over a lane when approaching a vehicle with flashing blue or green lights that are operated by volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers involved in a roadside emergency.
“Our first responders risk their lives day in and day out, often putting their own safety and well being in jeopardy, in order to protect their communities and their fellow New Yorkers,” Cuomo said. “This new law will help ensure that first responders are protected from avoidable hazards when responding to a roadside emergency.”
Previously, the “Move-Over” law only applied to drivers approaching stopped police, emergency or hazard vehicles with flashing red and white or amber lights.