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Violation of New York's move over law leads to fines and points

There are many things a New York driver might do while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle that could leave them facing the consequences of a traffic violation. One of those is the failure to move to the side of the road when an emergency vehicle is coming through. The law, which has been in effect in various forms since the beginning of 2011, is designed to keep rescue workers who are on the road, safe. In addition to pertaining to law enforcement, fire and medical rescuers, recently, tow trucks were added to the list of vehicles that must be pulled over for.

The action a driver must take when encountering rescue vehicles, varies depending on the type of New York road one is travelling on. While some roads require that a vehicle's driver create a one lane buffer between their vehicle and the emergency vehicle, others require only a slowing of speed and movement to the far left side of their lane. Stopping without a reason is discouraged due to the risk of a car accident occurring.

The enforcement of these traffic laws may not seem like a big deal to some. However, a violation could result in a $275 fine and three points on a driver's license. Though one violation may not make much of an impact, when one considers the expensive consequences for someone who repeatedly violates traffic laws, it becomes clear as to why some might choose to contest all traffic violation charges with the aid of a lawyer. Left undefended, they can become quite expensive and may even lead to a license suspension.

Source: YNN, "Understanding New York's Move Over Law," Lauren Fix, July 16, 2013

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