(Lockport , NY) New York's "Move Over" law went into effect on January 1st. It requires drivers to slow down and switch lanes when passing parked emergency vehicles with blinking lights.
Each year, many police and first responders are injured and killed while performing their duties along the nations roads.
In Western New York, two serious violations of the Ambrose - Searles "Move Over" Act (commonly referred to as the "Move Over Law") have occurred.
On Thursday, Linda M. Brandel of North Tonawanda, drove her car so closely alongside Niagara County Sheriff Deputy Sean Furey's Crown Victoria police vehicle, that she hit his front wheel. Deputy Furey was parked facing eastbound on Robinson Road in the Town of Lockport for a traffic stop.
Linda Brandel was arrested and charged with violating the "Move Over law", Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident, Moving from Lane Unsafely, Speed Imprudent for Emergency Situation, and one count of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs - an 'A' misdemeanor.
Deputy Sean Furey was not injured.
Earlier in the week, Volunteer Fireman Jim Stevenson, from the Spring Brook Fire District in Elma, was hit and thrown by a 2009 Mazda while he directed traffic at an accident scene on Route 400 in Elma.
Fireman Stevenson is home recovering after being treated at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.