Move Over Law in New York
Uploaded on: Jun 14, 2022
Duration: 2.5 Min

Video Description

One of the less known but still common traffic offenses in New York is violation of the Move Over Law. New York law requires drivers to slow down and switch lanes, if possible, when an emergency vehicle is stopped in the next lane over. Like any other traffic ticket, these tickets will result in fines, points on your driver’s license, and increased car insurance premiums, so it’s a good idea to hire a lawyer to fight the ticket in court.


Drivers are required to slow down and, if possible, switch lanes when there is an emergency vehicle stopped in the next lane. Unless it would be unsafe or impossible to do so, drivers are required to leave an empty lane between themselves and the stopped emergency vehicle. Emergency vehicles include police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, tow trucks, and any other vehicle with amber lights.

Failing to move over for a stopped emergency vehicle is a moving violation that comes with a one hundred fifty dollar fine for a first offense, two points on your driver’s license, and an eighty-eight dollar surcharge. A second offense raises the fine to three hundred dollars, and a third offense raises the fine to four hundred fifty dollars. Like any other moving offense in New York, if the ticket results in a driver having six or more points on their license, the driver will also be required to pay an extra fine of at least three hundred dollars.

Finally, like other moving violations, Move Over violations come with a hidden cost in the form of increased car insurance premiums. One study found that a single moving violation can increase your car insurance premiums by up to 20%, which can add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars over time.


There are several defenses we might be able to use to defend you against a Move Over ticket. New York law prohibits drivers from changing lanes if the driver thinks it’s unsafe to do so, so if there was no safe way to move over, that’s a defense. If you couldn’t have moved over without crossing the double yellow line, a court will probably won’t find you guilty of a Move Over violation.

Another defense could be that you didn’t have enough time to move over. For example, if the emergency vehicle was stopped on the other side of a hill and you couldn’t have seen it until you were on top of the hill, it might have been impossible for you to move over to another lane before you passed it.

If you get a ticket for failing to move over for a stopped emergency vehicle, contact Rosenblum Law for a free consultation today. We’ll answer your questions, discuss your defense options, and walk you through the process from beginning to end.

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