Tractor Trailer Ignores ‘Move Over” Law, Hits And Kills Department Of Transportation Employee
New York has what is called a “move over” law. The law requires vehicles to move over and slow down for emergency vehicles (such as police vehicles, fire vehicles, and ambulances), any vehicle displaying amber lights (like tow trucks), and Construction crews, roadway maintenance crews, and sanitation vehicles have been included. Drivers who fail to abide by this law may be fined.
The Press Connects reports on a Department Of Transportation employee who was killed in a crash involving a tractor-trailer.
45-year-old Dennis Matthew Howe died Monday night after a March 13th crash involving a tractor-trailer.
Howe had been in a DOT vehicle at a construction zone between Exit 63 to Lounsbury and Exit 62 to Nichols on the Route 17 West in Tioga County. A tractor-trailer struck the vehicle while passing by the work zone. The driver of the tractor-trailer, who was identified as 37-year-old Lawrence E. Faucett was given a citation by deputies after an investigation. Faucett was ticketed for moving from a lane unsafely and failure to exercise due care, a violation of New York’s “Move Over Law.”
In remembrance of Howe, on Tuesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo ordered that flags on all New York State government buildings be flown at half-mast.
Howe had worked in the DOT’s Binghamton-area region since 2006.