Move Over Law Expanded

December 28, 2011 Updated Dec 28, 2011 at 12:16 AM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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December 28, 2011 Updated Dec 28, 2011 at 12:16 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)- The New Year will bring changes to a New York State Law. The Move Over Law currently requires all drivers to change lanes when they see an emergency vehicle pulled over on the side of the road and now the law about to expand to cover certain non-emergency vehicles. Starting January 1st, 2012, drivers will also be required to change lanes when tow truck operators, highway maintenance workers, or authorized personnel are involved in roadside assistance. Businesses like John's Towing in the Town of Tonawanda say the legislation is long overdue and the expanded law will be beneficial to help keep everyone safe.

"There's been a lot of near misses. I've been doing this 32 years and I've had to jump out of the way many times, so this can only help," said Chuck Grunswick of John's Towing.

Last November, construction worker David Baldi from Hamburg was killed while working on the 1-190 near the Smith Street Exit in Buffalo. Officials hope the expanded law will help keep other workers safer. Drivers who violate the law can face: three points on their driving record, up to 15 days in jail, and a $275 dollar fine. If you can not change lanes you are required to slow down.