State police are reminding motorists to slow down when they see emergency or hazard vehicles on the side of state roads and highways.

Speed remains one of the leading causes of fatalities on state roadways, and poses a significant threat to law enforcement and emergency workers.

In an effort to reduce speed-related crashes, improve safe highway travel and protect those working alongside our roads, the New York State Police will initiate special traffic enforcement efforts from April 1-7.

Drivers can expect increased patrols on the roads enforcing both speed and the “move over law.”

Drivers can also expect to see messages posted on electronic sign boards along state roadways throughout the week reminding them to “move over” and slow down.