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The "Move Over" traffic safety law in New York has been expanded to include tow truck operators and other maintenance vehicles.
The amendment to the law will take effect on January 1, 2012. It requires that motorists change lanes, when possible, when approaching an incident with a vehicle with flashing red or amber lights. When there is only one lane, or it is not possible to move over, the driver must slow down.
The expanded law includes "hazard vehicles," like tow trucks, HELP trucks and other highway maintenance trucks.
"The men and women who work on our highways perform essential, often life saving, services. It's always been common sense to move over to give them room to do their jobs, and now it's the law," said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico.
"Having been involved in two roadside accidents -- one of them causing serious injury to a customer - I can attest to the need for this law. I am grateful that New York's 'Move Over' law has been expanded to cover drivers of tow trucks and other hazard vehicles," said Tom Brennan, president-elect of the Empire State Towing and Recovery Association.