NEW LAW: MOVE OVER (or slow down) when you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road

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Real Estate Agent with Alain Pinel BRE 01367196

As they say, ignorance of the law is not an excuse!

Per Snopes....

MOVE OVER:

Claim: Motorists in most U.S. states can be fined for failing to slow down or change lanes when passing parked emergency vehicles

TRUE

NEW TRAFFIC LAW

Every state except Hawaii and Maryland and the D.C. has this law. In California , the "Move-over" law was operative in 2007 and amended on January 1, 2010.

If a patrol car is pulled over to the side of the road, you have to change to the next lane (away from the stopped vehicle) or slow down by 20 mph.

http://www.moveoveramerica.com/

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 that states if any emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, if you are able, you are to move into the far lane.

Please let everyone you know that drives about this new law. It is true (see details at the following web address).  http://www.snopes.com/politics/traffic/moveover.asp

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Ambassador
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Kathleen Daniels
San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822

Hi Pacita - New laws to impose common sense (LOL) ... the fines are steep enough ... unfortunately far too many drivers will learn about this the hard way.  Thanks for sharing this.

June 01, 2010 02:17 PM
Rainer
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Christine Hynes
Orange County Senior Loan Consultant
American Capital Corporation

Sounds like a 'California needs more revenue' law. I'm all for protecting law enforcement as you hear too many stories of officers being hit by cars while stopped on the road, but $754 and 3 points on your license and a court appearance? Seems like a little much.

June 01, 2010 03:55 PM
Rainmaker
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Vicki Pedersen
GRI, ABR - Riverside and Corona CA Realtor
Pedersen Real Estate

Pacita,  This is something that I thought should always be done when passing an emergency vehicle that is pulled over.  I didn't know that there was a new law dealing with this.  Thanks for the heads-up.  it is good to know. 

June 01, 2010 07:22 PM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
WHISPERING PINES REALTY

Pacita, we have had this law for several years.  now enforcement is what is needed.

June 01, 2010 08:32 PM
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
Alain Pinel

In California, it was actually enacted in 2007, but amended in 2010.

The fine is supposed to be no more than $50.

Click on Move Over America's link http://www.moveoveramerica.com/ to get the details in your state.

June 01, 2010 09:09 PM
Rainmaker
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Pacita Dimacali

Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA
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