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Move over: Ambrose-Searles act passes

Plainview- Saturday December 5, 2009 Two Nassau County

Plainview- Saturday December 5, 2009 Two Nassau County Police Highway Patrol Officers and one civilian were injured in an accident on the eastbound Long Island Expressway at Exit 48 Round Swamp Road about 3:30 am. Three Police Highway Units were blocking the road for construction that was being done further east. As the Officers were about to clear the roadway the driver of a Nissan SUV failed to exit the closed road and collided with two of the Police cars at high speed. All of the injured were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the driver of the Nissan was arrested for DWI. Credit: /Paul Mazza

New York State passed the Ambrose-Searles Move Over Act, a law that requires all drivers to change lanes when approaching parked emergency vehicles whose lights are flashing. Failure to abide by the law could result in fines up to $150 and a state surcharge of $85.

The new law is set to go in effect on January 1, 2011.

Governor David A. Paterson said, "This law will work to safeguard the emergency personnel who protect us day and night as we travel. The 'Ambrose-Searles Act' is a common sense approach that will work to prevent avoidable collisions with emergency personnel, and I was pleased to sign it into law last summer."

More details below.

-- 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.


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