Making sure drivers 'move over'

By Michelle Costanza

Making sure drivers 'move over'

March 29, 2013 Updated Mar 29, 2013 at 9:43 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York State Police will be initiating additional traffic enforcement efforts the first week of April.

Speed remains one of the leading causes of fatalities on our roadways. In an effort to improve highway safety, State Police will be partnering with the New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Department of Transportation to draw attention to the "Move Over Law."

The law was initially put into effect in January 2011 and requires motorists to exercise extra care and slow down when approaching an emergency or hazard vehicle that is parked or stopped on the side of the road or highway.

Drivers are asked to reduce speed and move from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle, unless hazards or traffic prevent doing so safely.

Increased patrols and electronic sign boards will be present from April first through seventh, reminding drivers to "Move Over" and slow down.

Over 13,000 tickets were issued to drivers last year in violation of the law.