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"Move Over Act" goes into effect January 1

By GARY LIBERATORE

(WKTV) - The New York State Police Department is urging motorists to slow down around emergency vehicles. The Ambrose-Searles 'Move Over Act' goes into effect January 1st, and a media campaign is underway to inform motorists of the new legislation.

The new law is named for State Trooper Robert Ambrose and Onondaga County Sheriff's Deputy Glenn Searles, both killed in the line of duty while they had someone pulled over.

The legislation make it mandatory for drivers to use due care to avoid colliding with an authorized emergency vehicle that is stopped with its emergency lights activated.

Motorists must slow down and use caution when passing, and on a multiple lane highway like the New York State Thruway, drivers are urged to get into the next lane if, as long as traffic permits.

If caught violating this new law, you will face a $275 dollar fine, plus mandatory court surcharges, along with two points on your license.

You may think it might be hard to enforce this law, because while a police officer has someone pulled over, there might not be another officer around, well police say you can expect when you see someone pulled over, there might be another officer on patrol nearby, especially near the beginning of the effective date of the law, January 1st.

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