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New York’s Move Over Law (VTL Section 1144-A)

photo describing what to do when you need to pull over.

  • As soon as you see lights, vests or reflectors, check traffic around you, SLOW DOWN and MOVE OVER if safe to do so.
  • Drivers MUST use due care when approaching an emergency vehicle or hazard vehicle including police vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, construction and maintenance vehicles and tow trucks.
  • Effective March 27, 2024, the Move Over Law was expanded, requiring drivers to exercise due care to avoid all vehicles stopped on the roadway, including by changing lanes.
  • The Move Over Law applies to both sides of the roadway, not just the shoulder on the right.
  • When possible, you should move out of not only the lane the stopped vehicle is in, but move out of the adjacent lane as well.
  • The fine for the first violation of the move over law is $150.00.
  • A diver who causes injury as a result of following New York’s Move over law will be held liable for the injuries caused, as a matter of law.