Move over for emergency vehicles or face fine

June 8, 2010

By Staff

Every driver knows he or she must yield to emergency vehicles, but the Legislature has updated the law to give first responders a wider berth.

The change calls for drivers to make room for a stopped emergency vehicle — such as a patrol cruiser or ambulance — if the vehicle has sirens blaring or lights blazing.

On a highway with at least four lanes — with two lanes in each direction — drivers should, whenever possible, change lanes or move away from the parked emergency vehicle. If changing lanes or moving away cannot be accomplished, drivers must reduce speed and proceed with caution. Otherwise, drivers could face a $101 fine.

The original law called for drivers to yield the right of way.

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