The original law, passed 11 years ago, was intended to make roads safer after a rash of accidents with motorists crashing into vehicles with blue lights occurred. As it was first enacted, the law included police, fire and emergency medical services.
Although reports of such incidents have not disappeared completely, supporters of the law say that it has made the road safer for law enforcement and other emergency responders. It is their hope that this effect could extend to construction crews, surveyors, tow drivers and amber lights.
The new law now requires motorists to change lanes or slow down as their approach utility and maintenance crews, tow trucks and other crews with flashing amber lights.
Additionally, motorists are required to move over at least one lane if two or more lanes are available in each direction. Where the road only has one traffic lane in each direction, motorists must slow down and be prepared to stop.
Violating the law carries a fine of $250, plus court costs.
No matter how long you’ve been on the road, it’s never abnormal to feel nervousness from the sound of approaching emergency sirens. The good news is, that means they’re doing just what they are meant to do which is alert drivers of their presence so crews can safely and quickly make their way to and from the scene of an emergency. In order to assist firefighters and other emergency personnel in responding to emergencies always to yield to the right-of-way of these vehicles if you hear sirens and/or see lights. You can do so simply by moving your vehicle to the right. Also, stay calm and try not to panic.