New York is one of the states that has move over laws that require motorists to move over one lane on highways, interstates, and roadways when they encounter an emergency vehicle, tow truck, or construction vehicles. This is for the safety of those workers as well as the other motorists on the roadway.
The law was enacted in 2011, and the state issued more than 13,000 citations for violations in 2018. Those who violate the state’s move over law face up to two points on their license and a minimum $150 fine. Accidents that occur in construction zones can be serious and often deadly.
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NBC New York reports that a boy and four adults were killed when their SUV collided with a construction vehicle.
The crash occurred shortly before 11 p.m. on Sunday on westbound Route 3 in northern New Jersey.
A construction truck was entering Route 3 from Route 17 south when it was struck from behind by the SUV.
The SUV, identified as a Nissan Rogue, was carrying a male, three females, and a young boy. The four adults were pronounced dead at the scene. The young boy was resuscitated briefly and succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
The accident forced authorities to shut down that section of the highway for several hours. It reopened early Monday morning.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s office is investigating the crash. Police believe that speed was a factor, but there was no crime involved in the collision.