On January 1, 2011 the Ambrose -Searles Move Over Act became law in New York. The law was named for New York State Trooper Robert W. Ambrose and Onondaga County Sheriff Glenn M. Searles, who were killed while their patrol car were stopped on the side of the road.
The purpose of the law is to “protect law enforcement officers and emergency workers stopped along roadways while performing their duties.”
The new law requires the following:
- Drivers must use due care when approaching an emergency vehicle that displays red and/or white emergency lighting.
- On all roads and highways, drivers must reduce speed;
- On Parkways 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.
Stepped Up Enforcement
New York State Police announced this week that they will be stepping up enforcement of the Move Over Law. This announcement comes in the wake of the injuries sustained by Long Beach Police Officer Christopher Orza, who was injured by a motorist while on motorcycle patrol.
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, since 1999, there have been more than one-hundred-sixty (160) law enforcement officers killed in the United States after being struck by vehicles while performing police duties.
Similar laws have been enacted in most states nationwide.