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Move over or pay up ... Cohoes police enforce Move Over Law

August 17, 2018 06:23 PM

As major construction is set to begin next week on 787 in Cohoes, City officials and police are out in full force cracking down on people who break the state's Move Over Law.

NewsChannel 13 reporter Jacquie Slater rode along with Officer Kyle Pucci on Friday. Pucci issued six tickets in less than an hour.

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Driver after driver told him the same thing. "Sorry, officer. I wasn't aware."

The law went into effect in New York back in 2011. Eight years later the enforcement results are proof more needs to be done to get the word out.

A T & T Towing truck was placed alongside 787 southbound. Several officers in marked and unmarked cars sat ready to catch people as they drove by, failing to move over or slow down if they couldn't.

Our cameras were rolling as three cars were stopped in the first thirty minutes. A fourth was stopped five minutes later and then quickly after that a fifth and a sixth. Within the first hour about a dozen people had been ticketed.

"This isn't about writing tickets and going oh, we caught you. it's about saying these people are out working. It's a dangerous job," said Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse.

"The towing industry loses a driver every week in this country. That statistic is sad and we need to be doing something about it," said Thomas Brennan, owner of T & T Towing.

At one point Pucci pulls over two cars at once for ignoring the flashing lights on his car. His message to the drivers everywhere is a strong one.

"Everybody has a family out here. I have kids I wanna go home to, : said Pucci. "If people would just slow down a bit, give you a break, we could all go home safely."

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Jacquie Slater

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