New York State's Move Over Law

Drivers must use due care when approaching an emergency vehicle that displays red and/or white emergency lighting. The "Move Over" law is aimed at protecting emergency responders working along the roadside. Forty-nine U.S. states have passed move over laws, which were promoted in response to increasing roadside fatalities in the line of duty. The law require drivers, upon noticing either emergency vehicle with sirens or flashing lights, to move away from the vehicle by one lane, or if that is not possible, slow down by 20 mph (32kmh) below the posted speed limit.

What are you required by law to do if you are approaching an emergency vehicle with it's emergency lights on:

  • On all roads and highways, drivers MUST reduce speed.
  • On parkways, interstates, and other controlled access highways with multiple lanes, drivers MUST move from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle, UNLESS traffic or other hazards exist to prevent doing so safely.