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Woman cited for “Move Over Law” traffic violation

On Behalf of | Dec 27, 2018 | Misdemeanors |


Upstate New Yorkers might be under the impression that the only types of traffic violations that can cause problems in their lives are when there is an arrest. Included in incidents that can warrant an arrest include driving under the influence, hit and run, and more. Other violations can also be problematic in the short and long term and should not be ignored. Those who are dealing with other traffic offenses can have issues after the fact. These require legal assistance. One such issue is violating the “Move Over” law.

A crash between a vehicle and a State Trooper’s cruiser led to the woman being cited due to the “Move Over” law. At approximately 8:30 a.m., the trooper’s vehicle had pulled over with its emergency lights on. The trooper was directing other vehicles around a car that had been disabled. The woman who was cited came upon the scene, but the 40-year-old was unable to stop before crashing. She swerved and hit the trooper’s vehicle on its driver’s side. She had injuries including fractures to her arm. She was taken to the hospital. The trooper suffered injuries to his back and neck and was taken to the hospital.

Although certain traffic violations will not result in jail time and other substantial penalties, there can still be extensive problems accompanying them. There can be fines, raised insurance rates, points on the license and the eventual possibility of a driver license suspension. Fortunately, it might be possible to have a charge dismissed or to get some other favorable outcome. Having legal advice and representation is a must.

With the “Move Over” law, drivers are supposed to move to the side when emergency vehicles are in the area and they are safely able to do so. However, there are circumstances where drivers might not have been able to stop for a variety of reasons that could not be helped. Perhaps there was an attempt to avoid another vehicle or the driver did not realize that law enforcement or other emergency vehicles were there. Regardless, with the penalties that can be part of these traffic violations, it is important to have a defense from a lawyer experienced in traffic offenses.