Flashing Lights: Slow Down and Move Over. It is the Law

Thousands of workers have died in work zone crashes due to negligent and reckless drivers. The vast majority of work-zone accidents are completely preventable. The National Safety Council recommends the following tips for preventing injuries in work-zones:

  • Pay attention (using your phone, adjusting the radio, talking to passengers, and even daydreaming are all examples of potentially dangerous distractions).
  • Keep your headlights on
  • Stay alert
  • Slow down
  • Be mindful when changing lanes
  • Pay attention to flaggers
  • Prepare for the unexpected

In 2017 the New York’s Governor’s Office launched a campaign to increase safety for emergency officials and other road-side service workers. By law, motorists must drive with care, slow down, and change lanes when approaching law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, construction and maintenance vehicles along roadsides.

“’New York has zero tolerance for reckless, dangerous drivers, and with the launch of this new campaign, state and local officials will help educate New Yorkers on the importance of moving over for first responders,’ Gov. Cuomo said. ‘This campaign sends a clear message to motorists to obey the law, stay alert and help ensure the safety of men and women along New York roadways.’” –News 10

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