Failure to move over costs NYS drivers

February 3, 2012 Updated Feb 3, 2012 at 8:09 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First

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February 3, 2012 Updated Feb 3, 2012 at 8:09 AM EDT

Nearly 200 drivers were charged in January by New York State Police under the new "move over" law.

Troop T of the New York State Police said Thursday that 197 motorists were pulled over for failing to follow the new law that requires motorists to change lanes or slow down when approaching a service vehicle that is stopped at the side of the road.

The law that took effect Jan. 1 extended an earlier protection to tow trucks, maintenance crews and other vehicles with flashing amber lights. The original "Move Over Law" covered police, fire, rescue, and other emergency vehicles with flashing red or white lights.

Failure to do could leave motorists with a fine of up to $360 and violators could also be assessed three points on their driving record.

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