Move Over Law in NY – NYS VTL 1144-a (a)

By: Adam H. Rosenblum Esq. | Last Updated:

New York Move Over Law

The NY Move Over Law requires drivers to be extra cautious when approaching an emergency or hazard vehicle that is stopped on the side of the road with its emergency lights on. Drivers are expected to move one full lane away from the stopped vehicle. If it is not possible to do so safely, then the driver must reduce speed as it approaches the stopped vehicle. 

Specifically, the Move Over Law requires drivers to slow down and move over for police and emergency vehicles (including ambulance workers and firefighters), hazard vehicles like tow trucks that display amber lights, roadway construction crews, roadway maintenance crews, and sanitation vehicles.

NYS VTL 1144-a (a) should not be confused with VTL 1144 (a) – Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, which drivers can read more about here.

What Are the Penalties for NY’s Move Over Law?

Fines: A conviction for violating VTL 1144-a (a), New York’s Move Over Law, can result in a fine of up to $150 for a first offense. A second offense within 18 months of the first means a fine of up to $300. A third offense within 18 months means a fine of up to $450. 

Points: New York’s Move Over Law is a 2-point offense. 

Surcharges: Like most moving violations in NY, drivers are obligated to pay a state surcharge of $88 or $93 upon conviction for New York’s Move Over Law. 

Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA) fee: Receiving 6 points within 18 months requires drivers to pay an additional fine called the Driver Responsibility Assessment (DRA). This is separate from the fine and is paid directly to the DMV. A DRA costs $300 for the first six points. Each additional point adds another $75. 

Auto insurance increase: NY’s Move Over Law is a moving violation and can have an impact on one’s insurance premiums. Studies have shown that a conviction for a moving violation can result in a hike in rates of up to 20%, sometimes more

What is New York’s Move Over Law – VTL 1144-a (a)?

Every state in the nation (except D.C.) has a variation of the Move Over Law. In NY, the offense is formally called “failing to move over for emergency vehicles and hazard vehicles” and is codified in VTL 1144-a (a).

What New York drivers really need to know is the law applies if he/she is in an adjacent lane as well. Failing to move over, even from an adjacent lane could result in a violation of VTL 1144-a (a). New York State Police enforce the law “vigorously” and issue hundreds of tickets each year. Often (but not always), a driver who is stopped and ticketed for this will also be hit with other tickets such as:

  • Failure to Yield the Right of Way (3 Points)
  • Improper Passing (3 Points)
  • Unsafe Lane Change (3 Points)
  • Reckless Driving (5 Points)
  • Speeding (3-11 points depending on the speed)

Common Defenses to The Move Over Law, VTL 1144-a(a) 

There are a couple of solid defenses that a skilled attorney can use to help a driver get out of a Move Over Law ticket.

First, NY law prohibits a driver from moving over or changing lanes unless he or she first finds it safe to do so. Consequently, a driver’s first line of defense against a move over law ticket is to cite NY VTL 1128, which expresses this idea, and to explain how and why moving over would have been unsafe.

Remember, the wording of the unsafe lane change law (VTL 1128) reveals that the burden is on the driver to determine whether it would be safe to change lanes or not. In other words, this is not an objective standard that can be evaluated by the officer looking to what an objectively reasonable and prudent person would have done. This subjectivity gives a driver the upper hand and makes it harder for a prosecutor to say it would have been reasonable to move over.

Additionally, if it would have been safe for the driver to move over, but he/she simply did not have enough time to do so, this can be raised as a defense against a move over law ticket. This again requires an attorney to cite and explain NY VTL 1128. Second, if moving over would have forced the driver to cross over a double yellow line, then he/she cannot have been expected to do so and the ticket will not stand. After all, NY VTL 1110 requires drivers to obey traffic control devices. These include the laws pertaining to road markings, signs, and road lines

Ultimately, these two statutes, NY VTL 1128 and NY VTL 1110 can be one’s strongest arguments against a NY move over law ticket.

Case Law Analysis

In the 2013 case Despian v. Garcia, the Supreme Court of New York heard a case involving a Honda minivan and two police cars that were involved in a collision. The driver of the Honda minivan struck one of the patrol cars, which caused the patrol car to spin out of control and collide with a nearby unmarked police vehicle.

Although the court was mostly dealing with a civil case of negligence, the court in dicta brought forth an interesting piece of information concerning the Move Over Law.

Toward the end of the opinion, and after quoting the Move Over Law in full, the court explained that the driver “has not submitted any evidence that he took any of the actions required by section 1144 when he admittedly heard the siren and saw the lights of the approaching emergency vehicle.” Despian v. Garcia, 2013 NY Slip Op 30520 – NY: Supreme Court 2013.

Afterward, the court ruled that the driver’s failure to bring forth this evidence showed that he could have been negligent in his actions.

For a NY driver, this is important. According to this case, those who fail to obey the Move Over Law can be found negligent. After all, failing to adhere to a traffic law could be grounds for the breach of a duty owed to other drivers. Presuming the driver caused damage or an injury to another person, he/she very well—like the driver in Despian—might be negligent.

What does this mean for most NY drivers? Be careful! For those who get a ticket for violating the VTL 1144, it is absolutely vital to:

  1. provide concrete evidence of how one, in actuality, complied with the statute (i.e. you did move over at the right time)
  2. provide a good defense for why it would have been dangerous or even unlawful to move over.

Despian v. Garcia is a clarion call for all NY drivers. It not only warns that violating the Move Over law can be enough to keep a negligence lawsuit alive, but also that traffic ticket violations can be used against in a different legal arena entirely: civil negligence cases.

NY Move Over Law Tickets and Out-of-State Drivers

Every state has its own variation of the Move Over Law. Out-of-state drivers who fail to move over while in NY will have to face the penalties of NY’s law (not those of their home state). It is also important that drivers realize that just because the ticket occurred out of state doesn’t mean it won’t affect them—most states share information about traffic ticket convictions.  

That means a conviction is very likely to appear on one’s driving record regardless of where the ticket was issued. Remember: NY’s Move Over Law is a moving violation, so it can have a noticeable impact on one’s out-of-state auto insurance as well.  

Read more out of state drivers with NY Traffic Tickets here

Common Questions About NY’s Move Over Law

  • Does the Move Over Law apply just to police?

    No. The statute covers any authorized emergency vehicle with one or more blue lights or a combination of red, blue, or white lights, as well as maintenance vehicles with amber lights.

  • What vehicles do you have to move over for under VTL 1144-a(a)?

    Drivers must do their best to slow down or move over for any emergency or maintenance vehicle. This includes:

    • Law enforcement vehicles
    • Fire department vehicles
    • Ambulances
    • Tow trucks or H.E.L.P. vehicles
    • Garbage trucks
    • Construction or other roadway work crews
  • Do I have to move over if the vehicle does not have its emergency lights on?

    While the statute states that a vehicle must be “displaying” its lights, it is a good habit to safely slow down and consider moving over any time there is a vehicle—even a non-emergency vehicle—on the side of the road.

  • Is the Move Over Law the same as failing to yield to an emergency vehicle?

    No. Failing to yield to an emergency vehicle (VTL 1144-a) is different. This applies when drivers do not give the right of way to a police, ambulance, or fire department vehicle that is approaching with its lights and/or siren on. The fine for this offense is higher ($275) and carries more points (3). The Move Over Law is a subdivision of statute 1144-a with its own distinct parameters and penalties.


  • Johanna Reyes
    May 15, 2020

    I got A fine for violating VTL 1144-a (a), New York’s Move Over Law In kirkwood,town . Will I get 2 points off my drivers license ?

    • Ronen Cohen
      May 22, 2020

      Hi Johanna and thank you for contacting us. Please note, a ticket for VTL 1144-a(a) carries a maximum 2 point penalty with a maximum fine of $243 including Court fees. We suggest contesting the matter in order to attempt to mitigate the likely insurance increase and avoid receiving points on your license.

  • Adnan
    December 12, 2019

    I was on upstate speed was normal cz there was a big snow storm roads are slip
    I turn and i saw two cops cars with flashing lights on my right and left heavy big trucks i was in sliw speed and looking cops why they park their cars here and i get pullover cop was nice he explained me but he said he will nit gv me any ticket just will check registration but when he get bk he gv me a ticket and i said why? He said its a small ticket 50$ mostly and dnt worry and he left now i check its 150$ n 2 points am from Brooklyn if i plead to non guilty i have to com to upstate near Syracuse

    • Ronen Cohen
      December 13, 2019

      Adnan – Please clarify what you were given a ticket for. Furthermore, should you wish to contest your ticket, please advise us of the name of the court that has jurisdiction over your case.

  • Abdurashid Yuldashev
    August 23, 2019

    When I going to neagara falls from NYC. On interstate highway 86 . Ashland town of -0850, Chemung

    • Ronen Cohen
      September 5, 2019

      Please advise how we may assist you contest this moving violation.

  • joseph
    August 21, 2019

    is a good defense for move over law I could not move over since I needed to pull over due to my low blood sugar and the sun was in my eyes as well thanks

    • Ronen Cohen
      September 5, 2019

      Joseph – the issue will be whether it was reasonably safe to move over.

  • Mike
    August 13, 2019

    I was traveling w/b on RT 27 sunrise hwy in left lane when an MTA VAN no light starts tailgating me there the right lane was full and there were cars ahead of me so i presses hazard light on once so he can maybe stop tailgating me cause he was making me nervous and i could not safely move over . He puts the light on for one sec (turns them on and off) i slow down move to the left when i felt safe to do so which was maybe 30 seconds .. he pulls up next to me at this point cars ahead of him again ( 6 mta officers in a car ) then he slows down gets in the right lane on my ass again and same thing .. he puts the light on and then off there were no cars ahead of me now so i move to the left he gets behind me in left lane and puts light on now . So i slow down and pull over to the right shoulder as there is no shoulder for a safe stop on left .. comes out starts yelling scares my kids i asked him to relax .. give him my licenxe as requested and a police card of a family member .. he takes the card and leaves to his van .. i was dumfound just as i was about to put the car i. Gear i see them come out again asks for reg/ins .. i asked y he starts yelling so i give it to him .. mind you an MTA police .. gives me a vlt failiare to yield to emergency vehicles

    • Ronen Cohen
      August 15, 2019

      Hello Mike and thank you for contacting us, how we are able to assist you with this ticket?

  • Gladys
    July 26, 2019

    I was traveling on 87N on my way back from visiting my granddaughter in Canada. It was early afternoon, not a lot of traffic. However, on that particular day, I had seen at least 5 troopers on the highway within my first hour drive. I passed a trooper that had pulled a car over. they were completely over the shoulder line. I did slow down, looked to my left for on coming traffic so that I could move over. There were no cars in my immediate view, I proceeded to slightly move to the left, but did not feel the need to complete go to left lane. A minute later, I was stopped. Was I suppose to completely change lanes?

    • Ronen Cohen
      August 6, 2019

      Hello Gladys, thank you for contacting us. Unfortunately, according to the move-over law in New York state you would have needed to entirely change lanes if safe to avoid receiving a ticket from the officer.

  • Diane McBrien
    July 22, 2019

    It was evening, I was driving my daughter home from college when I passed two unmarked police cars with their lights on sitting on the shoulder of the road. There were no other cars pulled over except for the two police cars. Shortly after i passed, I was pulled over and given a ticket for not changing lanes. I admitted to the officer that I was unaware that I was suppose to change lanes. He still gave me the ticket. I wrote a letter to the court explaining that I was unaware of the law, but that i always yield to emergency vehicles when I’m driving. So now: Do I plead guilty, not guilty with a request for a trial, or plead guilty with a request for a reduction.
    I was also driving a rental as my car was in the shop for maintenance. One of the reasons that i did not change lanes was the lights made me nervous, I did not feel safe to change lanes, although I will admit that there was not another car in sight. However, after I received my ticket and sat in my car for a few minutes I watched as the second police car pulled over another car for I am assuming the same violation.

    How should I plea?

    • Ronen Cohen
      August 7, 2019

      Diane – please advise us of the name of the court that has jurisdiction over your case so we may advise accordingly.

  • Priti
    July 15, 2019

    I got 1144-AA ‘FLD DUE CARE FOR EMERG VEH STOPPED OR STANDING’ ticket in Utica traveling I 87, from Chittnnago,NY to Queens, NY.

    I wasn’t aware of the law that I had to switch line when police car standing on the side road with a flashing lights. I was simply following the traffic in front as many cars did not change lanes. I told the police officer that I wasn’t aware of the law , have clean driving record (no parking or speeding tickets in past 10 yrs), and that I was simply trying to get to the next rest area so my mom (passenger) could take care medications. The office didn’t want to hear anything and requested my drivers license/registration and came back with a ticket telling me to plea guilty or appear in court.

    I am recently unemployed, taking care of 2 ill parents attending to all there needs (doc appts, food, medications, etc). Is it worth traveling from Queens NY to Utica (6 hours drive) and fight the ticket?

    For the points, will taking defensive course remove the points and help not raise my insurance premium.

    Please advise. Thank you!

    • Ronen Cohen
      August 15, 2019

      Priti, thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, contrary to popular belief, you cannot lower the amount of points you have on your license by taking a defensive driving course. What a defensive driving course actually does is heighten the point threshold at which your license is suspended at. The reason it is recommended is because it can save you money on insurance. Furthermore, unfortunately, simply not knowing about the law is not a defense that a court would deem valid.

      • Priti
        August 29, 2019

        umm… so how long the points stay on your record?

  • Jen
    June 7, 2019

    I just got stopped for failure to move over (not speeding) and have dash cam proof that I moved over at the second arrow truck (well before the work zone.) The cop was traveling in the right lane ahead of me, pulled between truck one and two, and then pulled out to stop me. I plan to fight the ticket. Any advice?

    • Ronen Cohen
      July 16, 2019

      Jen, thank you for your inquiry. Where did this occur? I suggest you give us a call so we can give you a free consultation on how best to proceed when fighting this ticket.

  • David
    June 3, 2019

    I was driving up from Virginia to upstate NY when after reaching the Crest of a hill on the highway I saw lights on the side of the road. Feeling it was unsafe to change lanes because the lane was packed with cars moving over. Having determined it was not safe to move over I reduced speed and passed the officer watching his side so if he got out or anything I could make sure there was a wide berth between us. About 60 seconds later he pulls me over with a contrived speech about how an officer had died 5 years and 3 hours ago (I later fact checked this and found while it was true the man that hit the officer swerved across 3 lanes to intentionally do so). Anyway back on topic, I am visiting the state and do not have the time or money to drive up to nowhere NY. What are my options on fighting this?

    • Ronen Cohen
      July 16, 2019

      David, you are well within your rights to fight this ticket. We recommend you give us a call so we can get a little more information from you and let you know what your best options are for fighting this.

  • Angel
    May 29, 2019


    I was coming out of a rest area trying to merge into traffic on the interstate when I saw a construction vehicle and a state police car on the sholder almost right next to the rest area exit. In order for me to get to the left lane, I had to almost perpendicularly cross 2 lanes in 65 mph zone with steady incoming traffic heading right to my car. I got the ticket anyway even after I explained this situation to the officer and even with a clean driving record.

    It makes me upset that I have no way to prove the situation which anyone who saw would agree that it was not safe to move over. Do I have any chance here as it would be my words against the officer’s? I live in VA and I’d hate to drive all the way up to NY for a case I might or might not win.

    Please advise. Thanks.

    • Ronen Cohen
      June 18, 2019

      Thank you so much for contacting us. You certainly do have the right to argue this ticket. There are multiple ways we can approach an argument on your behalf in this case. In order for us to give you more information about what can be done, I recommend you give us a call and we can set you up with a free consultation to discuss your best options in this case.

  • Yelena
    May 14, 2019

    I got ticket VTL 1144-AA , traveling I 87, Chestertown ,NY from Brooklyn ,NY. I wasn’t aware that I had to switch line when (special transport ) police car is not moving , standing on the side road with a flashing lights. There was bad weather conditions , ( wet snow and icy road ), I drove 40 miles ( permitted 65) The left line was free of cars , I think there were only 2 cars on the road and no one else .
    Police officer gave me a ticket and told me that I can send that ticket by mail before written due date or come in person to the court on the date indicated on the same ticket . I decided not to go there and plead guilty. The letter with a ticket was received by the court a day before the date of the court appearance if I would decide to come in person .Does it mean I was late with my response to the ticket? Can this be a problem if my letter wasn’t processed before court date ? I have a USPS tracking number which confirm date of letter/ ticket delivery.

    • Ronen Cohen
      May 30, 2019

      Hello Yelena, and thank you for your question.
      Since the court received your letter with the ticket the day before you were due to appear in court and the date the ticket was due, the ticket was not late.

  • Alice Menon
    April 23, 2019

    We were driving from Ontario, Canada to Boston via Syracuse, on 04/18/2019. We got a 1144-AA on I81 S/B, Richland town of Oswego
    I need to know what to do. There were 2 lanes & a truck parked on the right lane so once we passed the truck & it was safe we moved to the right lane as behind us there was a speeding car. we moved to the right lane when it was safe and noticed a police car in front of the huge truck. after a while that police car flashed its lights to us & we stopped much ahead & he gave us a ticket for FLD DUE CARE FOR EMERGENCY VEH STOPPED OR STANDING in violation of NYS V & T law
    There was no flashing lights or cone. we feel we should not have got this ticket.the police car was not visible until we passed the stationery truck on the right lane and noticed the police car parked in front. we moved when it was safe to the next lane. why did he follow us after to stop by flashing the lights?
    We do not understand what we did wrong & why this was issued?

    he mentioned we would not get points as we do not live in NY. but we have to mail this & we will be notified the fine via mail.
    Can you advise how to proceed? what is the best option. will our insurance go up? look forward to your assistance
    I hear this moving ticket should be changed to a parking ticket to avoid any insurance charges.
    let us know how we should proceed
    Look forward to your response.

    • Ronen Cohen
      May 10, 2019

      Hello Alice,
      The 1144-a(a) carries a maximum fine of $243 and results in a 2 point penalty on your driving record. Both Canada and New York communicate driver information with one another. Therefore, more likely than not, Canada will be notified of this ticket and it may incur higher insurance rates.

  • James
    April 23, 2019

    I just got onto the 90 moved over one lane and the sign said shoulder closed ahead. Within 100 ft there was a truck with blinking lights, I looked over to my left and there was a semi so I slowed down, passed the truck that was working and got pulled over for failure to move over. The state trooper said I said should have slowed down and moved over. What do I do now? I’m 40 years old and this is the first time I’ve ever been pulled over.

    • Ronen Cohen
      May 10, 2019

      Hi James, I would recommend contesting the ticket as the infraction you listed as “failure to move over” carries a maximum fine of $243 and results in a 2 point penalty onto your driving record. This will most likely affect your insurance and incur a higher rate.

  • James Hall
    April 17, 2019

    I recently plead guilty to a failure to yield for an emergency vehicle. I’ve been told by the judge that it’s a 5 point penalty on my license. But when I contacted the dmv the told me 2 or 3. I am so confused and just want clarification.

    • Ronen Cohen
      May 10, 2019

      Hi James, a person can be charged with 2 types of ‘move over’ violations, one carrying 2 points and one carrying 3.

  • Frank
    April 12, 2019

    I was on I95 heading south in the right lane when I saw a state police officer on the shoulder (the lights were on). I slowed down and moved to the left of the lane I was in to give the officer as much room as possible, I did not think it would be safe to make a sudden lane change. The officer made a hand gesture I wasn’t familiar with and did not understand. A couple of miles down the highway I was pulled over and the officer explained that he observed the middle lane was clear and that he was directing me to move into it. Since I did not do as he directed I was issued a summons for “failure to take due care for an emergency vehicle stopped or standing.” (Law/Section/Subsection: 1144-AA).

    • Ronen Cohen
      May 10, 2019

      Hello Frank, I suggest contesting this ticket as it will result in points, fines, and insurance implications.

  • Teresa Quinones
    April 11, 2019

    I received a ticket for not moving over for a highway maintenance truck. The cop was in the truck. When I checked my mirror to move over I had 2 semis coming in the left lane and did not feel it was safe to change lanes. I slowed down and as I got to the maintenance truck, I saw the cop getting in his car and turn his lights on. Also there was a high wind advisory.

    • Ronen Cohen
      May 10, 2019

      Hello Teresa, how many we assist you with this 2/3 point moving violation.

  • E. Goldstein
    March 18, 2019

    I was driving at the speed limit of 65 MPH Southbound in the right-hand lane on the New York State Thruway at approximately 5 PM on a Sunday afternoon. As I rounded a corner, I saw several vehicles parked in the right shoulder (car, flatbed wrecker, and at the far South end of the vehicle group, a NY State Police car with lights flashing).

    Knowing the law to move over, I immediately activated my left turn signal and looked in my side mirror and over my left shoulder to see if it was safe to shift lanes. There was a continuous stream of traffic in the middle lane going much faster than I was, so there was no safe way of shifting lanes.

    I moved to the left edge of the right lane, but could go no further because of the traffic.

    I passed the Police vehicle while still in the right lane.

    Shortly thereafter, he pulled me over and issued a ticket citing 1144-AA.

    I am a New Jersey driver; the last time I got a traffic ticket was at least 20 years ago.

    Is this worth fighting?

    • Ronen Cohen
      April 8, 2019

      Hello Eliot, and thank you for your question. We generally suggest contesting tickets such as yours, as a guilty plea / verdict will result in the assessment of points, fines, and a likely increase in your insurance rates.

  • Glen Coleman
    December 7, 2018

    I was driving on I-86 Wesbound, I saw a flashing lights where a car was pulled over. On the opposite side of the barrier was another police car. Feeling uncertain as to what to do, I stayed in my lane because a) I didn’t know what the police car on the other side of the road was going to do, and b) I did not have time to look in my review mirror to go the left hand lane. I was driving slowly but with cars around did not find it safe to veer to my left hand lane.

    I live Closter, NJ, far away from Elmira where the court date is set.

    • Ronen Cohen
      December 17, 2018

      Glen – Please advise us of the specific violation code you have been charged with. These violations can be charged as either 2 or 3 point tickets. Since you are a NJ driver, 2 points will transfer for either of these violations. Additionally, these tickets may have an impact on your insurance rates.

  • Nick
    November 20, 2018

    I was traveling on I-86 in the right lane and I saw a police officer had pulled someone over in the right shoulder. His lights were on and I proceeded to move to the left lane but the left lane was snow covered and my car nearly slipped out of my control while crossing over the dotted line so I moved back to the right lane… the officer then pulled me over for not moving over. Do I have a chance here?

    • Ronen Cohen
      December 4, 2018

      Nick – There is an argument to present in this case to justify your inability to move over as required by the statute.

  • Zuri Russell
    November 6, 2018

    I live in NYC and don’t even own a car but I rented one to take my son and his two friends to a karate tournament upstate. On the way back I saw the police car issuing another driver a ticket on the shoulder so I slowed down to well below 60 as I passed. There wasn’t even a chance to pull into the fast lane because everyone in it was going, well, fast. I don’t live in upstate New York and have never heard of this law and there were no signs posted, except at rest stops. There isn’t even an address to send a check to if I just wanted to pay it and be done. Can I fight this without having to rent another car and driving to who-knows-where upstate?

    • Ronen Cohen
      November 9, 2018

      Zuri – Hiring an attorney will allow you to contest this violation without personally appearing in court.

  • dennis p morrissey
    October 8, 2018

    I received a ticket yesterday ( Oct. 7th. ) for not slowing down enough for a police car which was pulled off to the right. I saw the car but had no space to my left with which to move over. I was traveling 60 MPH in a 65 MPH zone and did slow down but according to the officer I needed to slow down to 45 MPH. He acknowledged that there was no room to move over to the left.

    I have a clean record and the last thing I want to do is put anyone in danger but I don’t see what I could have done.

    Your impression please.

    • Ronen Cohen
      October 12, 2018

      Dennis – The ‘move over’ violations are increasingly common tickets that we see. Unlike speeding violations, these tickets are frequently subjective in nature. We generally recomend contesting them, as they often lead to impacts to insurance rates.

  • Frank Sapienza
    October 6, 2018

    I received a ticket today on Route 84 for not pulling over. Clearly like all most of your other comments, I did not know this law. I was not speeding I was with my wife and I was picking up my son at college. You have any recommendations as to how I should plead? I I’m not working now and cannot afford a rate increase and now that I know the law I will never do this again. Would love to hear from you.

    • Ronen Cohen
      October 12, 2018

      Frank – we suggest contesting this ticket to avoid the 2 or 3 points that will be assessed depending on how this violation was specifically charged. Additionally, contesting this violation will allow you an opportunity to avoid the insurance implications that would potentially arise from this ticket.

  • Kir
    September 23, 2018

    A tow truck pulled over in front of a stalled car, no lights on. He was about to set up tow. He opened his door and hit my mirror. Officer came and issued me with failure to move over. He stopped with wheel on white line and did pull over more to the side. This was a two lane route 9 road at night with oncoming traffic. No damage to his door but my shattered side mirror. I have pics showing his door opened 3 or 4 feet into the road.

    • Ronen Cohen
      September 28, 2018

      Kir – how exactly can we help you contest this 2 / 3 point ticket. In order to provide more specific inforation, I need to know which court has jurisdiction over your ticket.

  • Patricia Coykendall
    July 14, 2018

    I received a ticked for failure to move over coming upon 2 troopers on the side of the road with their lights flashing. The trooper said there was no traffic behind me for 1/2 mile. He neglected to see the car directly beside me in the other lane prohibiting me to move over. It was during rush hour traffic on a very busy I-390 . What should I do. The officer told me to plead down,not to plead guilty.

    • Ronen Cohen
      August 3, 2018

      Patricia – we generally would recommend contesting such a violation, in order to avoid the points and insurance implications.

  • Jay
    July 11, 2018

    I was driving on a highway in Yonkers, NY today and did not know about the Move Over Law, so I passed a county police car with lights activated without changing the lane to the left (It would have been safe to change the lane, if I would have known the law). I got a ticket, but the police officer recommended me to plea for not guilty since I did not know the law.

    My questions:
    1) Should I plea for not guilty ? Is there any chance that this may be dismissed since I did not know the law ?
    2) On the front page, it says that I would have to return the ticket by September, before the scheduled appearance date, but on the Section B (Plea of Not Guilty), it says that I would have to respond within 48 hours. So do I have to mail back for Plea of Not Guilty within 48 hours ?
    3) What happens if I get asked to appear in a court while I am on my vacation ? Is there any way to change the court appearance date if I am on vacation on the assigned date ?

    • Ronen Cohen
      July 13, 2018

      1.Not knowing about the law is not a defense. What the officer advised you was incorrect.
      2.You must reply to the ticket by the ‘return by’ date, which would be later than 48 hours.
      3. You may generally obtain adjournments of a court hearing date for such a situation.

  • chaim
    June 20, 2018

    I drove past a police officer who had pulled someone over to the right and on route 17 and had his lights flashing and i didn’t move over to the left lane, and a minute later the same officer came behind me, pulled me over and ticketed me for not moving to the left. what might i get in court for this offence and is it worth fighting?

    • Ronen Cohen
      June 29, 2018

      Chaim – depending on how it was charged, you are facing either a 2 or 3 point ticket. Due to the nature of ‘move over law’ violations, they are generally viewed harshly by both the officers, and the courts. Thus – while we generally believe these tickets are worth contesting, plea offers are frequently not provided in these cases.

  • Gary
    June 15, 2018

    I was driving on NY State Hwy 17 in Sullivan County yesterday when I passed a police vehicle who was in the breakdown lane. I was in the right lane driving the speed limit when I was pulled over by the officer and given a Move Over citation. The officer stated that there would be no points against my Connecticut license. I plan on pleading Not Guilty but will they make me appear in court? I live 3 hours away.

    • Ronen Cohen
      June 29, 2018

      An appearance will be required by you (or your legal counsel) if this matter goes to trial. Unfortunately, prosecutor’s will frequently decline from presenting any offer.

  • Brenda
    May 8, 2018

    I received a
    1144-A. On the I 290. There I had just passed a police vehicle stopped between the two sections of the highway facing my side of the road (ie left hand side of the road facing perpendicular to the road) I had moved over and was going the speed limit, almost immediately after that there was a second police car on the right side of the highway adjacent to the right lane. Not leaving much time to change lanes yet again. Neither had any emergency lights activated at the time I passed. The second car stopped me for the above infraction. If I plead not guilty with the above explanation what can I expect. I live in Canada so going back to go to court is not an option.

    • Ronen Cohen
      May 15, 2018

      It may be possible to contest this 2 / 3 point violation without your personal appearance. I should note that these violations often do not allow for plea bargaining due to the nature of the offense. I would be happy to provide a free consultation. You may reach me at 888-883-5529.

  • Doug
    May 5, 2018

    I was pulled over for the The Move Over Law in December. I lost the ticket and missed the deadline to plea and now my license is suspended. Is it worth it to hire an attorney for this or am beyond any chance of negotiating anyway? Note: The reason I did not move out of the right lane was because there people SPEEDING in the left lane and I didn’t want to risk it.

    • Ronen Cohen
      May 7, 2018

      Whether you will be able to negotiate this ticket will depend on the jurisdiction. Certain court’s will not provide for any negotiation for these offenses. If you would like to discuss in further detail, please feel free to contact us at 888-883-5529.

  • Vazha Samkharadze
    January 7, 2018

    Today I and 2 other vehicles in front of me got “move over” tickets by the state trooper on I 87. The reason why I did not change the lane was that distance was too short and I did not have enough time to do so. There was a moving truck in front of me and I had limited view of the road(it is mentioned on the ticket that truck was in front of me). I was focused on the car that was slowing down in front of me, and did not have enough time to determine safety of changing lanes. When I saw police vehicle I did slow down to 52 mph(65mph speed limit).
    My issue here is that I live far away from that town and I can not show up on the court. My question is: if I plea guilty with explanation, will it make any difference or I should just send a check?

    • RLF Attorneys
      January 9, 2018

      Today I and 2 other vehicles in front of me got “move over” tickets by the state trooper on I 87. The reason why I did not change the lane was that distance was too short and I did not have enough time to do so. There was a moving truck in front of me and I had limited view of the road(it is mentioned on the ticket that truck was in front of me). I was focused on the car that was slowing down in front of me, and did not have enough time to determine safety of changing lanes. When I saw police vehicle I did slow down to 52 mph(65mph speed limit).
      My issue here is that I live far away from that town and I can not show up on the court. My question is: if I plea guilty with explanation, will it make any difference or I should just send a check?

      You have the right to plead guilty or not guilty. The explanation will not be needed when submitting your guilty plea. Keep in mind any moving violation does impose points to your driving record and can have the potential to affect your car insurance once the conviction is placed on your driving record.

  • Tor Larsen
    November 27, 2017

    I just received a Move Over Law violation yesterday. I received the ticket in NY and I live in MI. The reason I was in the rightmost lane next to the shoulder that the police officer was with his lights on was that I needed to exit the highway and I was in the offramp lane. It’s not worth it for me to drive the 12 hours round trip for a court appointment, so I was planning to just pay the ticket.

    • Chris Chris Han
      December 8, 2017

      Tor – hiring an attorney will allow you to contest this 2 / 3 point ticket without your personal appearance.

  • Robert Mankoff
    November 11, 2017

    I just got a ticket for failing to move over on The Taconic State Parkway near Stanford. The police vehicle was on the right side of the road in back of another vehicle I thought he was ticketing. I did slow down and moved to the left but being unaware of the law I did not think I needed to move to an adjacent lane. Does it make sense to contest ticket in the hopes of at least getting a reduction in the points or the fine reduced?

    • Chris Chris Han
      December 8, 2017

      Robert – courts are generally unwilling to provide plea reductions for these types of violations, as they directly impact the safety of the officer. You may, however, contest this matter in trial. Please note, not being aware of the law is not a defense here.

  • Mike
    November 1, 2017

    I got a ticket on I 84 in Dutchess county for failure to move left. I pleaded not guilty and asked fro a deposition, the officer never returned one. Will I be able to get this dismissed?.

    • RLF Attorneys
      November 9, 2017

      We need more information in order to be able to accurately answer that question.

  • Jeremy
    October 31, 2017

    Hi I got pulled over today as I was driving down the high way and switched into the right lane I then noticed a police officer on the side of the road with his lights on but I had no Idea of this law as I am a new driver so I proceeded then switched back in the middle lane and the officer pulled me over and informed me of this law and ticketed me for the move over law. Should I plead guilty or contest the ticket

    • RLF Attorneys
      November 9, 2017

      Jeremy – where are you currently licensed to drive? This is a 2 or 3 point violation – depending on how the officer listed the charge against you. Aside from points and fines, this may have insurance implications.

  • Peter
    October 25, 2017

    I got a 1144-AA ticket on 10/22/2017 on the portion of NY17 under jurisdiction of Owego Town Court (Tioga County). Literally one minute prior to that ticket, I was stopped for a speeding ticket, after which I rejoined the traffic from the shoulder a quarter mile upstream. I was still in the rightmost lane, when I noticed the state trooper car with lights flashing and the trooper standing by the stopped car talking to the driver. I wanted to move to the left lane but there was a much faster car in it close behind, so I felt it was unsafe to perform the maneuver and stayed in my lane, then slowed down as much as I could while passing the parked cars. A minute later, I was stopped. The trouper told me he had not seen me but he could ‘feel’ me passing behind. Do I have any chance contesting this ticket?

    • RLF Attorneys
      October 30, 2017

      While you do have a ‘chance’ of obtaining a dismissal in this case, many courts do not allow for plea bargaining of move-over tickets.

  • Gus
    October 23, 2017

    Hi, I got a VTL 1144-a ticket. There was a police emergency car with flashing lights on attending something else close to a Burger king entrance. Initially I was going to the Burger King through that entrance, but I realized the police car was blocking it so I decided to use a further entrance ahead. For that I drove around the stopped police car passing next to it while looking to the traffic on the other side which was really busy. Suddenly I hear a noise and realize that the police officer had opened his door because he had not seen me and my car does some small damage on his door. He was very upset but in my head I know it was his fault for not seeing me, it even scratch only the back part of the side of my car as I had almost already driven past him. The officer’s supervisor didn’t seem to want to charge me with anything, just run as an accident, but in the end the first officer gave a “move over” ticket. I understand that by law I should have give more space, but can I claim that the only reason I didn’t do that was because I was concerned with the safety regarding the traffic on the other side? Or should I forget it and simply plea guilty and pay the fine?

    • RLF Attorneys
      October 23, 2017

      Gus – Move over violations are complicated cases because they are a) highly fact sensitive, and b) unlikely to receive a plea offer in many jurisdictions. Whether you choose to fight this will often depend on the location of the incident, your driving history, and where you are licensed to drive. If you would like to discuss these points with us, you may reach us at 888-883-5529.

  • Wei-Ting Hung
    September 17, 2017

    I got a traffic ticket for failure to move over emergency vehicle.
    It was early morning around 7-8am and I drove my friend to Albany International Airport through Albany shaker road. When I made a turn and tried to leave airport, there was a parked police and the light was on, no siren. I did see the light but didn’t realize that I need to move over and yield the lane.
    I am an international student, having driven in NY for a year. I don’t want my insurance to increase. What can I do to avoid getting points?

    • RLF Attorneys
      September 18, 2017

      Wei-Ting — Whether this violation will impact your rates will depend on your prior driving record, along with your insurance company’s policy. You may contest these violations in court. Please note, however, that many jurisdictions have a policy against offering any form of plea reduction for this violation.

  • Rajakrishnan
    September 4, 2017

    I got a notice from traffic police for move over.
    I was driving from niagara to New Jersey.
    On the way a polic stopped me for the move over. The police car was in emergency lane and I am was in the right lane. I am not aware of the rule so I haven’t moved to left lane, I was in the right lane itself but in normal speed. What can I do to avoid getting points.

    • RLF Attorneys
      September 5, 2017

      In order to properly assist you, please advise us of the court that is handling your case. Generally speaking, these violations are either 2 or 3 points, depending on the offense charged.

  • yaakov
    August 28, 2017

    Simply the cop had someone else pulled over at the beginning of an exit ramp. And then subsequently pulled me over saying that he thought i would hit him. Is there any defense being that he was on the exit ramp?

    • RLF Attorneys
      August 29, 2017

      Yaakov – It appears that you are currently being charged with a ‘move over’ violation. Where did this incident occur – as the location of the ticket has significant procedural implications.

  • Elliott Retkowski
    July 10, 2017

    A State Trooper was giving someone a ticket on I-86 and I moved over hundreds of feet in advance before passing them however a car similar to mine did not. Several miles down the road the officer caught up to me and pulled me over thinking I was the car that did not move over and gave me a citation. I tried to explain but she was angry and didn’t give me barely any chance to talk. I want to plead not guilty on the form and send it back but I’m afraid I will not be believed and then have to go to court. What do I do? I feel violated and want justice to be upheld here.

    • RLF Attorneys
      July 14, 2017

      While you may contest this ticket, these violations are inherently difficult. Many courts do not plea bargain these matters to parking tickets. Additionally, officers are likely to recount (albiet incorrectly), the events that transpired. You may contact us at 888-883-5529 for a free consultation. I will be happy to provide you informateion more specifiic to your case.

  • Wendy Gockley
    July 6, 2017

    My son was driving in NY (we are from PA) he was on vacation with his girlfriend. We are not familiar with this law in PA. We typically don’t slow to 20 mph and get in the other lane. We may “go around the office and if anyone else is pulled over. Ambulances or approaching emergency vehicles we ALWAYS pull over. My question is my son did slow passing the officer but did not feel safe taking his eyes off the officer to change lanes and was not able to determine the safety in changing lanes with any approaching vehicles coming up his left (he was on a highway). Given if he pleads guilty how much is the fine and how does this affect his license and our insurance in PA? Thank you so much for guidance!

    • RLF Attorneys
      July 19, 2017

      Wendy – If your son received a violation of Vehicle and Traffic Law 1144(a), he is facing 3 points. If he was issued a ticket under code 1144(a)(a), he is looking at 2 points. This ticket carries a standard fine of $150 plus a $93 administrative fee is he pleads guilty. The violation would then transfer to Pennsylvania, as both states are part of an agreement to share information about traffic tickets. As a result, your insurance may increase.

  • Prosa
    June 21, 2017

    Hey, I got a VTL 1144-AA when I was traveling from NY to Virginia. I pleaded guilty to the ticket and I just got a mail from the Milford court asking for a fine of 243$. The ticket was on my foreign driving license (country outside of US) and I was driving a rental car. The letter says that failure to pay the amount will lead to suspension of my license. Does non payment of this fine lead to any serious trouble for me? I don’t have a US state license as of now and am planning to get a US State license next month.

    • RLF Attorneys
      June 27, 2017

      I suggest you pay this fine to avoid any issues with your license in the future.

  • Michelle Dragone
    June 17, 2017

    I turned left onto Edgewood Ave. in St. James, NY and was heading south to pick up my grandson at the Middle School located on Edgewood. Edgewood Ave is a two lane road, one lane going south the other, north. There are NO shoulders on either side of the road. Traffic was moving slowly as everyone was picking up their kids from school and there we lots of school busses on the road. I looked in my rear view mirror and the vehicle behind me had just turned on his flashing lights. I wasn’t sure what to do so I decided to slowly move down the road until I saw a spot with enough grass to pull off the road. The police officer then put on his siren and sped around me….went about 1000 feet to a stopped vehicle at the entrance of the school parking lot. The vehicle appeared to be waiting for the officer and was apparently getting a ticket from him. As I approached the Entrance of the school, the police officer stopped me, proceeded to yell at me for not yielding to an emergency vehicle, and told me to pull into the school entrance. He now had me and the other car in the entrance driveway and proceeded to give the other car a ticket (have no clue what that guy did) and then gave me a ticket too. At that point I had two thirteen year old’s in the back seat. I am 74 years old and he scared the heck out of me with his nastiness.

    • RLF Attorneys
      June 27, 2017

      Michelle – if you are interested in contesting this 2 / 3 point violation, please contact us at 888-883-5529.

  • Nills
    June 14, 2017

    I received a ticket for violating 1144-a. The officer had lights on and no car was pulled over. There was no vehicles in other lane. The officer was inside his vehicle. I did slow down in the 65mile/hr zone to 45m/hr. It was a curved in the highway, I didn’t notice him so I only slow down. He pulled me over after that, his second question he asked ” do you have weapons or drugs in the car ? “.
    This was on 07/29/2016. I went to court date, but I was told, that I need to pay 500 and accept the points or go to trial. I am still waiting for my Trial date. This was on Sloatsburg village court.
    I have a NJ driver license.

    • RLF Attorneys
      June 14, 2017

      Nills – Are there any specific questions you have for us?

  • Riley
    May 23, 2017

    I got pulled over on I90 heading to Turning Stone when I passed a trooper with lights on off on the side off on the side of the road but no one else pulled over. She pulled out after I passed and had not moved over.
    She let me go in the end with a improper plate violation when I told her, and explained I was following my family for a birthday celebration. I don’t know what the fine is. She said there will not be points, etc but warned me about the move over. Do they have to have a vehicle pulled over or was I still suppose to move over? Should I plead guilty and just say thank you?

    • RLF Attorneys
      May 25, 2017

      Riley – For future reference, you should have moved over if it was safe to do so.

      • Riley
        May 31, 2017

        If I go to court, and the trooper shows up, it it possible that I can be given additional fines when she
        explains what happens?

        • RLF Attorneys
          June 12, 2017

          Without knowing more facts about your case, I can not answer that question.

  • Barb Bortell
    May 3, 2017

    I received a citation for “failing to move over for emergency vehicles and hazard vehicles” and is codified in VTL 1144-a.
    I am from Vermont and drive Route 7 Collar City Bridge in Troy, NY often. I am aware of the speed limits, the lanes that I need to be in for my exits and where the on coming traffic ramps are. I also am aware of what the road is like during rush hour. At 5:45 PM today, I had my twin 4 1/2 year old grandsons in the car with me and we were heading toward Latham, NY from Bennington, VT. (I had my daughter’s car, she is registered in NY state). It was still rush hour and the on-coming ramps were full and backed up and the traffic was still moving at a speed of 55-60 miles an hour and I was keeping up with other traffic. I was in the far left lane and noticed a police cruiser on the left side of the road, partially on the shoulder and partially in the road. I put on my right blinker to try to merge with traffic, but was unable to do so because of the volume of traffic and no one allowing anyone to enter. Knowing that I would not be able to move into the right lanes before I reached the officer, I slowed my speed to between 25 and 30 miles and hour and went past him. There was a HELP truck on the shoulder and 2 cars, (it did not look like there had been an accident as there was al least a car space or 2 between them). I was not more than 25 feet past the police car and he pulled out and put on his sirens and pulled me over (on the left shoulder). My speed at this time was not even up to 35 miles an hour and cars were still going by on the right much faster. There were other cars behind me that he cut off to stop and ticket me. When he got out, he was very angry and began yelling at me and said that he couldn’t believe that I would just go by him like that when he had the lane partially blocked off. I told him that I was unable to move over and that I thought the law was to move over if safe and if not then to slow down, which I told him is what I did. I apologized and told him that I understood his concern for his safety (he was sitting in his vehicle) and that I am in the medical field and my husband is with the fire department and we always worry about drivers that aren’t mindful. He was just very angry and kept yelling at me. He gave me a ticket and I do not feel that I violated the law as the approach was not safe for me to move over to the right lane, and my speed and the distance between his cruiser and mine was ample. I have looked up the move over law for NY State ‘• Drivers must use due care when approaching an emergency vehicle that displays red and/or white emergency lighting:
    o On all roads and highways, drivers must reduce speed;
    • On Parkways and other controlled access highways with multiple lanes, when approaching an emergency vehicle that displays red and/or white emergency lighting or a hazard vehicle displaying flashing amber lighting, drivers must move from the lane immediately adjacent to the emergency or hazard vehicle, unless traffic or other hazards exist to prevent doing so safely.’
    Am I in the right to want to contest this ticket? I did use caution, especially given that I had my grandsons in the vehicle with me.

    • RLF Attorneys
      May 11, 2017

      Barb – This case will be decided based upon the subjective belief of the Judge. Please remember – the officer’s testimony may vary from the facts as you have described them.

  • Mike
    May 1, 2017


    I just received a ticket for violating 1144-aa. I was going west on route I-90 close to the city of Albany.
    The officer had lights on on the shoulder of the road. I was driving a U-haul truck for the first time in my life and I could have technically switched over to the left lane but I was afraid to do so due to the lack of experience of maneuvering with a truck. Instead, I was able to reduce my speed to about 55 mph (again, could not reduce it further because I was driving a truck) but still was given this ticket. Should I contest it?
    Or plead guilty and write in comments what I wrote here?
    Thanks a lot!

    • RLF Attorneys
      May 8, 2017

      I suggest contesting this violation to avoid the points, penalties, and insurance implications. Writing an ‘explanation’ on the ticket itself will not assist you in avoiding these consequences.

  • Lonnie Sciambi
    April 18, 2017

    I received a ticket for “failure to take due care for emergency vehicle” – a police cruiser had pulled a car over on a 2 lane stretch of Route 90. A truck blocked me from moving over to the left lane and as I approached, the cruiser turned off the flashing lights and the car that was stopped began moving out. I passed both well below the speed limit and was ticketed about 2 minutes later. I am a licensed NJ driver. What’s my best alternative? I have not had a moving violation in more than 10 years.

    • RLF Attorneys
      April 21, 2017

      Lonnie – what court will be handling this ticket, as the procedures to address such a violation vary. Generally speaking, 2 points would transfer to your NJ license if you are found guilty of this offense.

  • Harold Lewis
    October 6, 2016

    I just received a ticket for violating 1144-aa. The officer had lights on and a car pulled over. There was no vehicles in other lane. The officer had returned to his vehicle but I did slow down anyway in the 65 mile an hour hghwy to about 55. This was on 84 e bound in wallkill, ny. Should I send in by mail as guilty or not? I was on a work assignment in my personal vehicle. I am also in a temporary handicapped status due to right foot fracture. I have a temp tag…just an fyi.

    • RLF Attorneys
      October 9, 2016

      Harold – I suggest you contest this ticket as it does carry points, and fines. Additionally, this ticket will likely impact your insurance rates. You may contact us for a free consultation at 888-883-5529.

  • PC
    September 8, 2016

    I got ticket 1144-AA for the move over law on 5th September 2016 . I was on my way to Niagra. I am from Connecticut and I have not seen this law being applied ever. On my way back I noticed multiple cases of police car on shoulder with another car but no car moved over . After my ticket I researched and found although this law is present for few years ,it has been implemented since march 2016 and its not that stringent either. There may be a few cases on this .
    On the day of the incident , I remember slowing down – I was on 40mph on Highway 4. This is more to take care of standing vehicles on shoulder. I have never received a ticket in my 2 years of driving in US. I am not sure what to do . I wish to plead not guilty, but I am concerned, about court representation , attorney fees, final possible penalty in $ and points… Please help

    • RLF Attorneys
      September 9, 2016

      PC – we would be happy to help you contest this ticket – but would like to discuss the potential consequences with you. You may reach us for a free consultation at 888-883-5529.

  • Alex Lin
    June 29, 2016

    This happened in New York flushing around 7pm.

    I received a ticket of 1144a which is shown as “Fail to yield to Emergency Vehicle” along with another ticket coded 1110A for “Disobey Traffic Device Sign”

    I know that i violated 1110A because I turned right on a street which i shouldn’t do between 7am – 9pm (Cop told me). As a new driver, i might made a mistake of missing out such sign that i can’t turn within a time. So i accepted this. So after i turned right, i kept driving as usual. And suddenly saw a cop behind me, of course i pulled over my car. But the cop ended up told me that he was already behind me for two blocks. I didn’t hear the sirens and didn’t see the lighting. A possible reason is because i have a music on (not too loud) and i was really focus just looking in the front driving. It was a bright sunny day as well.

    I suddenly got two tickets just because i turned right. Is there a way that i can possibly fight for 1144a “Fail to yield to Emergency Vehicle”? Because 1144a is actually “Failure to Yield Right of Way at Intersection” but i wasn’t even going into a intersection or anything, it was just straight in a very very crowded place (many cars, people and traffic). I haven’t gotten any tickets or point records in my license. but these two tickets can add up at least 5 points. I really want to do something for this. Because i didn’t mean to ignore cop and not pulled over or move over. It just happened that way, and the cop could’ve just warned me to pay more attention next time. I really want to know a good way to fight for 1144a for my instance. The fines are also extremely high for students. Thank you.

    • Adam Rosenblum
      June 30, 2016

      The offense is called “failing to move over for emergency vehicles and hazard vehicles” and is codified in VTL 1144-a.
      What New York drivers really need to know is if you are in an adjacent lane, you too must move over. Failing to do this, even from an adjacent lane could result in a violation of VTL 1144-a. 1144a is considered a moving violation that is punishable by 3 points on your license and a fine of up to $275. The total fine for disobeying a traffic control device violation in New York is $235.00 and 2 points on your driving record. A total of 5 points on your driving record is likely to cause a substantial increase in your car insurance premiums. We have extensive trial experience at handling matters just like yours. Please feel free to call or email so we can discuss your options in more detail.

      Rosenblum Law

  • Joe Weber
    June 21, 2016

    I was in the same sort of situation. I always try to pull over in such situations but I got a ticket this May. When I saw the police lights I started looking in my left lane, but it was occupied and the driver was going the same speed as me. There were a lot of other cars in my lane and the passing lane. I was stopped and the policeman admitted that there was a car in my lane but he still gave me the ticket. I read the law and it said to change lanes if it was safe, which it was not.

    • Adam Rosenblum
      July 12, 2016

      Joe – where did you receive this ticket?

  • Marc Miller
    June 20, 2016

    I received a vtl1144-aa in Oswego county. I’m from Illinois and was up at Fort Drum on a work assignment. Was heading back to Syracuse to fly to Chicago. Do you work cases in Parish, NY.?

    • Adam Rosenblum
      June 20, 2016

      Yes, we handle traffic matters in Parish, New York. The ticket you received is called “failing to move over for emergency vehicles and hazard vehicles.” This offense is considered a moving violation that is punishable by 3 points on your license and a fine of up to $275. Once you retain an attorney you would not have to make any court appearances. Please feel free to contact one of our attorneys at the number below to discuss your options in more detail.

      Rosenblum Law

  • Catherine
    April 24, 2016

    Last night I was given a ticket for failing to move to the center lane. A police officer and another vehicle were moving on the shoulder of the road. The police officer stated I didn’t even slow up..possibly sped up. I did in order to let them merge after I passed. The law states I believe only if the emergency vehicles are stopped. They werent. Should I plead not guilty? I have a clean record.

    • Adam Rosenblum
      May 2, 2016

      Hi Catherine, you are currently looking at a 3 point ticket with a maximum court fine of $275. Please contact us for a free consultation if you have any questions or concerns about having the ticket reduced. We could be reached at 888-883-5529.

  • Liaqat afzal
    March 8, 2016

    Hey I got a ticket 1:00 am the police car was standing right side on the high way with other car police officer is giving the ticket to other driver I was driving in middle line officer flash light to stop me he came and said why your changing the line you can’t see emergency light i was not in speed and he gave me ticket section 1144 a what should I do how much fine will be and is there any points

    • Adam Rosenblum
      March 22, 2016

      Hi Liaqat, you are currently looking at a 3 point ticket with a maximum fine of $275. If you would like to find out more information about having your ticket reduced to minimum penalties, please contact our office for a free consultation at 888-883-5529.

  • Lucky
    February 3, 2016

    I got ticket today for not moving over for an emergency vahicle …I got ticket in Florida, but my license from New York ….I want know how much fine & how many point I loss ?

    • Adam Rosenblum
      February 4, 2016

      Hi Lucky, we are not licensed in Florida. We are not able to inform you about any penalties that you may receive in Florida.

  • Amanda
    January 11, 2016

    I got a ticket yesterday for not moving over for an emergency vehicle (police had another car pulled over). I didn’t change lanes because someone was coming up on my left. The officer put in the report “when told the reason for stop stated – you know, I thought of that. but there was a car coming up next tome and I didn’t want to cut him off. I didn’t see you in time”. I didn’t say “I didn’t see you in time”, I said “I didn’t think it was safe”. What would it cost to fight this ticket?

    • Adam Rosenblum
      January 20, 2016

      Amanda – in order to give you a fee, we need more information about your case – specifically the name of the court that has jurisdiction.

  • Sarina
    September 5, 2015

    Hi I got pulled over at 2 am with one friend in my car we were coming down a hill and it looked as if the cars were waiting like normal until we got close so I moved over and Iater got pulled over for the move over ticket…but the cop didn’t have lights on so I couldn’t see that until I got close enough and got over should I get an attorney because he didn’t have his lights on?

    • Adam Rosenblum
      September 8, 2015

      Sarina – I need more information to be able to help you – particularly the name of the court. I suggest you contact us so we may discuss the specific facts surrounding your ticket.

  • Jennifer Schulman, Ed.D
    January 14, 2015

    Hi Rabbi,
    I am a former President of a synagogue in Mt. Vernon, NY and an educator with the public schools for over 40 years. Yesterday I was driving to a meeting in Albany when I received a ticket for this ‘move over law.’ What happened is that the cop was on the right shoulder with another car he had pulled over.

    • Adam Rosenblum
      January 15, 2015

      Jennifer – How can we help you with this 2 point ticket?