Salina Crash Shows Why You Need To Move Over When Approaching An Accident
Syracuse.com reports that a trooper has been injured while investigating a crash in Salina. The incident occurred on Wednesday morning on the Onondaga Lake Parkway.
Photos posted by the state police in a Tweet indicate that the trooper’s vehicle appeared to have been rear-ended. The police officer suffered from minor injuries. The crash that the officer was investigating had been reported at 7:78 a.m. on Onondaga Lake Parkway near Interstate 81. The crash involving the officer’s vehicle was reported at 8:20 a.m. State police reinforced that drivers should move over when they see an emergency vehicle to avoid causing another crash.
In 2010, New York enacted a law called the “Ambrose-Searles Move Over Act.” The act was named in honor of Trooper Robert W. Ambrose and Deputy Sheriff Glen M. Searles, both of whom were killed in the line of duty after they were struck by a vehicle while they were stopped on the shoulder of the road. In 2012, the law was amended to include not just police, fire, and ambulance vehicles, but also hazard vehicles displaying caution lights such as tow trucks. The law basically states that drivers need to exercise due care to avoid a collision with an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. The motorist must move one full lane away from the vehicle as long as it is safe to do so and does not violate other traffic laws.