Here in Alberta we have a law that requires all vehicles to slow down to 60Km/H when passing an emergency vehicle that is stopped with its lights flashing. (Fire, EMS, Police, and Tow Truck are "emergency vehicles" for this law) They only need to slow down in the lane immediately next to the scene in the next lane they can maintain normal speeds so if the wreck is in the ditch and we take the right lane they must be slowed to 60 in the middle but can still go 110 in the left. Just wondering if there are any other places with laws like this out there.
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03-26-2008, 01:42 PM #1
Law's for passing emergency vehicles
03-26-2008, 05:21 PM #2
Virginia, and a number of other states do.
Here's a copy of the Virginia code:
§ 46.2-921.1. Drivers to yield right-of-way or reduce speed when approaching stationary emergency vehicles on highways; penalties.
The driver of any motor vehicle, upon approaching a stationary emergency vehicle, as defined in § 46.2-920, that is displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating emergency light or lights as provided in §§ 46.2-1022, 46.2-1023, and 46.2-1024, shall (i) on a highway having at least four lanes, at least two of which are intended for traffic proceeding as the approaching vehicle, proceed with caution and, if reasonable, with due regard for safety and traffic conditions, yield the right-of-way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that occupied by the stationary emergency vehicle or (ii) if changing lanes would be unreasonable or unsafe, proceed with due caution and maintain a safe speed for highway conditions.
Violation of any provision of this section shall constitute a Class 1 misdemeanor. If the violation resulted in damage to property of another person, the court may, in addition, order the suspension of the driver's privilege to operate a motor vehicle for not more than one year. If the violation resulted in injury to another person, the court may, in addition to any other penalty imposed, order the suspension of the driver's privilege to operate a motor vehicle for not more than two years. If the violation resulted in the death of another person, the court may, in addition to any other penalty imposed, order the suspension of the driver's privilege to operate a motor vehicle for two years.
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03-26-2008, 06:00 PM #3
From what I understand on that it just says "safe speed" and not an actual number that people have to slow down to. I am almost certian that what we think is a safe speed for cars that are passing and what the people that have to get where they are going as fast as possible in today's world think is a safe speed for passing us are two different speeds. Is it correct that there is no actual speed they must slow down to or did I read that wrong?
03-26-2008, 07:15 PM #4
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yea, drivers follows the law all the time. Thats why everyone drives the speed limit.
03-26-2008, 10:42 PM #5
Ohio and Kentucky have signs posted up and down the highway to leave a lane of space between emergency vehicles and traffic and if they have to pass in the lane next to then slow down. Like you said, the safe speed is a relative thing, I've seen drivers who think 75mph is a safe speed, then you have people like me who will take it down to 30 or less depending on the road/weather etc... then again I also look at the road and watch out for anyone who may be walking along the lane line insted of trying to catch a glimpse of the accident etc.
03-26-2008, 11:47 PM #6
Wisconsin has a "move over" law that they are enforcing pretty hard with a recent Chippewa County Deputy Sheriff being struck and killed this spring.....
Wisconsin State Patrol troopers and other law enforcement officers don't have to imagine this nightmarish scenario. They experience it all too often when they are on the side of a highway for a traffic stop while vehicles rush by within a few feet.
For the safety of law enforcement officers, as well as emergency responders and others who work on the side of highways, Wisconsin has a "Move Over Law." The law requires drivers to shift lanes or slow down in order to provide a "safety zone" for a squad car, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck or highway maintenance vehicle that is stopped on the side of a road with its warning lights flashing.
Drivers have two options for creating a safety zone. "If the road has more than one directional lane, like the Interstate, and you can switch lanes safely, you must move over to vacate the lane closest to the law enforcement or other vehicle with its lights flashing," says State Patrol Superintendent David Collins. "If the road has a single directional lane or you can't safely move over, you must reduce your speed."
The cost for violating the Move Over Law is expensive. If you get a ticket, it will cost $249, and you will be assessed three demerit points on your license.
Signs to remind motorist about the Move Over Law are posted on highways near main entry points to Wisconsin. They read: "STATE LAW. MOVE OVER OR SLOW DOWN FOR STOPPED EMERGENCY VEHICLES."
"Failure of motorists to move over is one of the reasons that motor vehicle crashes kill more law enforcement officers on duty than any other cause," says Superintendent Collins. "Obeying the Move Over Law will prevent needless crashes and help protect motorists as well our officers."Jason Knecht
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03-27-2008, 07:25 AM #7
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Texas has such a law....
§ 545.157. PASSING AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE.
(a) On approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle
using visual signals that meet the requirements of Sections 547.305
and 547.702, an operator, unless otherwise directed by a police
(1) vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle
when driving on a highway with two or more lanes traveling in the
direction of the emergency vehicle; or
(2) slow to a speed not to exceed:
(A) 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed
limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or more; or
(B) five miles per hour when the posted speed
limit is less than 25 miles per hour.
(b) A violation of this section is:
(1) a misdemeanor punishable under Section 542.401;
(2) a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500 if the
violation results in property damage; or
(3) a Class B misdemeanor if the violation results in
(c) If conduct constituting an offense under this section
also constitutes an offense under another section of this code or
the Penal Code, the actor may be prosecuted under either section or
under both sections.
Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 327, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.
03-27-2008, 11:16 AM #8
Also I forgot to mention that fines for speeding are doubled when passing stopped emergency vehicles.
03-28-2008, 12:18 AM #9
we have some kind of "move over" law here..
03-28-2008, 04:24 AM #10
There's some push happening here to make it a 40km/h limit when passing emergency vehicles stopped on the road. That's the same speed limit we have at road works."Professional" means your attitude to the job...
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