A new state law is giving New Yorkers one more thing to remember on garbage day: slow down.
An addition to the state’s “Move Over” law that took effect Tuesday now requires motorists to exercise caution when driving around a garbage truck.
The law, originally passed in 2011, says that drivers must slow down and move over a lane, if possible, when approaching emergency vehicles, including police cars, fire trucks, and tow trucks.
The latest amendment expands the definition of “hazard vehicles” to include both public and private waste collection trucks. The law requires motorists to “drive at an appropriate reduced speed when approaching” a garbage truck displaying an amber light.
First-time violators can be fined up to $150, get 15 days in jail or both, as well as two points on a driver’s license, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.