ONEIDA, N.Y. – A number of accidents have happened recently that law enforcement say could have been avoided if people obeyed the Move Over Law.
New York state’s Move Over Law requires drivers to move into the other lane when passing authorities pulled to the side of the road with flashers on.
“Ten years ago, this law went into effect after two law enforcement officers were struck and killed when they were sitting in their troop car and someone failed to move over and killed them," said Maj. Philip Rougeux, Troop D commander.
Just last week a trooper was taken to the hospital after a woman crashed into a patrol vehicle pulled over on Onondaga Lake Parkway in the town of Salina.
"If they see flashing lights, it doesn't matter if it's red; red and white; blue, green, yellow, they need to slow down, and if possible, move over, used to care as they are approaching the vehicle," Rougeux added.
Police say if drivers see any flashing lights on the side of the road, they should take caution. This includes police cars, fire vehicles and ambulances, as well as tow trucks and maintenance vehicles.