'Move over law' to protect law enforcement

April 20, 2011 8:11:51 PM PDT
The job of trooper and police officer is dangerous enough, but standing on a highway with cars doing 65 miles an hour, there has to be a break somewhere.

"You have to give a lane courtesy if there is an emergency vehicle stopped on the shoulder of the roadway," said Trooper Marko Kos.

For Trooper Kos, that break comes in what's known as the "Move over law" that went into effect January 1st.

The new law is pretty simple.

If you see two flashing red lights on any emergency vehicle, then you have got to move your car into the next lane.

"I don't know who I am dealing with personally, but then I also have to worry about all the other cars behind me. Are they going to hit me? Are they going to stop?" Kos said.

Eyewitness News reporter Tim Fleischer rode with Trooper Kos as he and others patrolled 684 in Westchester County, conducting an enforcement of the law.

As they sat behind another trooper, both cars with flashing lights, a motorist sailed right past the trooper, not even moving over.

So Trooper Kos and Fleischer gave chase and stopped him down the road.

"The reason I'm stopping you today is failure to move over for an emergency vehicle," Trooper Kos explained.

That ticket could cost up to $275.

Fernando Pinheiro, who was issued the ticket, said he didn't know about the law, but would like to learn about it.

Trooper Kos will also position his car in such a way when he stops a motorist to help with his protection.

"The cars would actually deflect off each other and we would technically still be protected on it," Trooper Kos said.

Signs are out warning of the new law.

Another part of the law is that you have to slow down and use caution, especially on narrower two-lane roads where you can't move into another lane of oncoming traffic.

"You know you hit something and you're 50-60 miles an hour, not only do you demolish them, you do a good job on yourself, so be safe, take it nice and slow," a motorist said.

"We do ask that you look ahead and if you see our emergency lights, give the respect and courtesy as far as to move over," Trooper Kos said.

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