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Expanded "Move Over" Law in Effect
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Expanded "Move Over" Law in Effect


By Michael Wooten

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- Starting midnight Sunday, New York's new "Move Over" law took effect, requiring drivers to slow down or move over for "hazard" vehicles including tow trucks.

The law already covers emergency vehicles, including police cruisers and fire trucks.

Last month, Kevin Woloszyn of Delevan in Cattaraugus County was driving Interstate 90 back to college outside Syracuse when his truck broke down. The tow truck driver who responded, Todd Young, was killed when a tractor trailer hit him.

"Just life, you can't take it for granted," Kevin said. "You know, you might be here one second, and the next second you're just out doing your job and that's it."

Kevin shared his story with 2 On Your Side in hopes it will cause drivers to be more careful around flashing lights. Kevin hopes the new law with also help.

Joe Lake, a tow truck driver with AAA, said the law should serve as a reminder to drivers of the dangers associated with roadside jobs.

"Anything can happen at any split second," Lake said. "So my whole goal is to go home safe to my family."

Those who break the new law face a fine of $150 plus fees as well as 3 points off their licenses.

The amended "Move Over" law will affect all vehicles with amber flashing lights. In addition to tow trucks, it will cover utility vehicles, highway crews and letter carriers.

2 On Your Side rode along with Lake during his towing shift Friday night. You can see more by clicking in the video player to watch the full report by 2 On Your Side's Michael Wooten and Photojournalists Ben Read and Charles Moore.

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