Monday, March 22, 2010

Move Over Law

Can you let everyone know this?

New Law: If a patrol car is pulled over to the side of the road, you must change to the next lane (away from the stopped vehicle) or slow down by 20 mph. Every state except New York, Hawaii and Maryland and Washington D.C. has adopted this law now.

In New Jersey, the "Move-over" law became operative in 2009, fine up to $500. http://www.moveover

A friend's son got a ticket for this recently. A police car (turned out it was 2 police cars) was on the side of the road giving a ticket to someone else. He slowed down to pass but did not move into the other lane. The second police car immediately pulled him over and gave him a ticket. He had never heard of the law.

It is a fairly new law in some states, if any emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, if you are able, you are to move into the far lane. The cost of the ticket was $754, with 3 points on his license and a mandatory court appearance.

Please tell everyone you know about this new law.

Thank you,

Move Over, America
More than 150 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed since 1999 after being struck by vehicles along America's highways, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. To lower that deadly toll, a new coalition of traffic safety and law enforcement groups is launching a nationwide public awareness campaign to protect emergency personnel along our nation's roadsides.

"Move Over, America" is a partnership originally founded in 2007 by the National Safety Commission, the National Sheriffs' Association and the National Association of Police Organizations. Most recently, the partnership has also received the full support of the American Association of State Troopers. The campaign is the first nationally coordinated effort to educate Americans about "Move Over" laws and how they help protect the law enforcement officers who risk their lives protecting the public.

According to a national poll by Mason Dixon Polling & Research, sponsored by the National Safety Commission:
·71 percent of Americans have not heard of “Move Over” laws;
·86 percent support enacting “Move Over” laws in all 50 states; and
·90 percent believe traffic stops and roadside emergencies are dangerous for law enforcement and first responders.
The poll was conducted among 625 registered voters from June 23-25. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.
Forty three states have passed “Move Over” laws, which require motorists to “Move Over” and change lanes to give safe clearance to law enforcement officers on roadsides.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

AMT Children of Hope Foundation

AMT Children Of Hope Foundation
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was joined today by Timothy Jaccard, President of the AMT Children of Hope Foundation/Baby Safe Haven Program, to announce that Nassau County will be the first county in the nation to implement a new program identifying ambulances as official “baby safe haven” drop-off sites. The ambulance signage program is part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the program, which allows for mothers to legally and safely relinquish their babies at certain locations.
“The Safe Haven law provides a safe alternative for mothers who are frightened and feel they have nowhere else to turn. The message is simple: if you truly feel that you cannot care for your baby, you have options. Find a Safe Haven location and put your baby into safe and caring arms,” said County Executive Ed Mangano. “Nassau County is committed to the health and welfare of newborns and we are happy to lend our support to this important program.”
New York law allows a mother who believes she cannot care for her baby to legally leave the newborn at a number of locations, including police precincts, firehouses, hospitals, churches or with any responsible adult willing to accept the baby and call proper authorities. Over the past decade, safe haven laws have been adopted in all 50 states and 2,636 babies have been safely relinquished.
All ambulances in Nassau County, and later, the nation, will be identified as Safe Haven locations with signs reflecting the logo, "Safe Baby - Safe Place - Safe Haven.” The Nassau County Police Department has installed them on all of its ambulances, as did the North Bellmore Fire Department, Winthrop Hospital, Wantagh-Levittown Ambulance Corp. and Life Star Ambulance Corp. This initiative is being funded by AMT Children of Hope and will have no financial impact on Nassau County.
The AMT Children of Hope Foundation was founded in 1998 in response to a number of abandoned, deceased infants discovered in the community. The organization — comprised of members of the Nassau County Police Department, AMTs, local healthcare workers and civilians — provides dignified burials for innocent children lost to unsafe abandonment, and is committed to putting an end to such tragedies.
The goal of this awareness campaign is to prevent the loss of innocent lives - most recently, the infant discovered in the Yaphank Recycling Center in January 2010,” said Timothy Jaccard. Named “Thomas John Hope,” a burial for the infant is currently being arranged.
The AMT Children of Hope Foundation operates a 24/7 emergency hotline to offer assistance to individuals in crisis who are pregnant and have nowhere to turn. In 2009, the hotline received 2,115 calls. The organization also provides support to prepare parents-to-be to raise their child or make an adoption plan if they choose to; counsels them to share their situation with parents and/or other relatives; and educates them on the Safe Haven law.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Animal Cruelty Hotline

DA Rice Announces Creation of New Animal Cruelty Unit and Tip Hotline

Newly created unit will combat animal cruelty and endangerment
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the creation of a new unit within her office to handle cases involving animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect in an effort to better protect vulnerable pets and animals.

“This newly created unit will give a voice to the victims of animal abuse, and send the message that the abuse and neglect of animals is not tolerated in Nassau County,” Rice said. “The Animal Cruelty Unit will do everything possible to ensure that those who endanger pets and other animals will face the full brunt of the criminal justice system.”

This unit will handle all felony and misdemeanor cases, including:

Animal abandonment
Severe physical abuse
Domestic violence-related abuse, such as violence exacted against a significant other’s pet or use of violence to ensure silence of child sex abuse victims
Neglect, such as food or water deprivation, lack of medical care or shelter

In addition, prosecutors within the unit will conduct training for local law enforcement agencies and give presentations to animal rights groups.

Residents are also encouraged to call in to the unit’s newly created hotline at (516) 680-8624 if they think an animal is being abused. All callers will be kept anonymous.