Police enforce Move Over Law along busy stretch of Albany County road
COHOES, NY (WRGB)---A major safety initiative was underway in Cohoes on Wednesday, aimed at saving lives.
The City’s Police Department partnered with a local tow truck company along 787 in Cohoes to educate drivers about the Move Over Law. That law requires you to slow down and, if possible, move over when there are first responders or other vehicles with emergency lights pulled over on the shoulder.
On Wednesday, the tow truck company parked a truck on the side of the road while officers observed traffic. If someone didn’t follow the law, they were pulled over. Police explained the rules to them and gave them a flyer, not a ticket, as a warning.
“As long as we’ve been standing here, it’s been non-stop,” said Cohoes Police Captain Todd Pucci.
Captain Pucci said that quite a few drivers didn’t know about the law, or at least didn’t know it applies to tow trucks, not just first responders.
“They are facing the same risks out here as we are as police officers,” he said.
Tom Brennan is the owner of T&T Towing in Cohoes. He said he approached the Mayor about this education initiative, hoping it will save lives.
“The towing industry loses a man almost every week,” said Brennan. “I want to go home at the end of the day, all my employees want to go home at the end of the day.”
“It's kind of alarming, it's scary,” said Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse.
Mayor Morse said he hopes this education initiative works. Otherwise, next time, he said it may not just be a warning.
“Looking at the number of people who are not pulling over it really makes me say, after this education part, we may have to be down here giving out tickets,” he said.