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Old 03-07-2010, 04:24 PM   #15
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Let's be clear. The new law in California is for when you are approaching a vehicle that is stopped along the side of the road, not for a moving vehicle with it's lights flashing. That's another subject.

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Old 03-07-2010, 04:28 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by w7ts View Post
there seems to be two parallel discussions going on here.

The first post was about moving left or slowing down when an emergency vehicle is stopped on the shoulder. not a law in all states, but more all the time.

There are also several posts about moving to the shoulder and stopping when a moving emergency vehicle is encountered. I believe that is pretty much universal.

am I confused?

You're right - my bad.

So now that I'm back on track, I'm pretty sure that in Ontario, there's no specific law w/r to speeds when approaching a stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights.

They just say to slow down and pass with caution, and if there's more than one lane the motorist must move to the other lane.

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Old 03-07-2010, 04:48 PM   #17
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Not 100 percent on police, but I know first hand about fire and ems vehicles in NM.

First if you pull up behind a vehicle stopped at a light you turn off your lights and siren. Same if you are caught in traffic. You are only allowed to go 10 mph over the speed limit. If you go through a red light and the guy with the green hits you, you are liable.
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Old 03-07-2010, 04:59 PM   #18
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If it's at night, police cars now have so many lights on them, it is hard to see because they almost blind me and actually seem to make the situation more dangerous.


yep, and in our area seems the freeways are constantly under construction at nightime having very bright floodlights that seem to be aimed directly at incoming drivers eyes. Sure works though for making everyone slow down.
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Old 03-07-2010, 05:00 PM   #19
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Arizona Revised Statute 28-775E-1-2

If a person driving a vehicle approaches a stationary, authorized emergency vehicle... giving a signal...displaying alternately flashing red, red and blue, the person shall do one of the following:
  1. If on a highway having at least 2 lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle, proceed with due caution and if possible, with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, yield the right of way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency vehicle
  2. If changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe proceed with due caution and reduce speed, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions.


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Old 03-07-2010, 05:11 PM   #20
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ITS HERE IN TEXAS....athought the law was learned a bit too late for a friend of mine... :{
I got tagged On I-20 in Arlington, also about a year ago..


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Figure that pull-over laws are universal. I'd hate to try to understand the rare places where this is not the law.

More importantly -- when you are towing and there is any traffic that makes a merge to a left lane the least bit unsafe -- you are fully entitled to stay in the right lane, yield, and proceed slowly. I've found myself doing this at anywhere from 15-30 mph as long as I could reasonably panic-stop in the minimum possible distance.

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Old 03-07-2010, 06:46 PM   #22
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:01 PM   #23
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These laws are part of an ongoing plague of trying to legislate common sense.

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More importantly -- when you are towing and there is any traffic that makes a merge to a left lane the least bit unsafe -- you are fully entitled to stay in the right lane, yield, and proceed slowly. I've found myself doing this at anywhere from 15-30 mph as long as I could reasonably panic-stop in the minimum possible distance.
It depends on the jurisdiction. Some are, reportedly, aggressively ticketing people who slow down instead of moving over. The wording of the statute varies from one state to the next but a common thread is that drivers must move over one lane to the left if it is practical/safe/reasonable/etc to do so, and there is plenty of discretion in all that that some agencies use to write more tickets.
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Any driver that moves over/slows down when approaching emergency lights is using standard safe Airstream courtesy. Its very much appreciated, thanks to all of you for making it part of your driving practices.
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Old 03-07-2010, 11:56 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by Jim Foster View Post
As of January 1, 2010, it is the law in California. You are to move over if you can safely, or if you can not move over safely, slow to a safe and prudent speed according to traffic, weather and pedestrian conditions.
Hi, as Jim stated, it is a new law in California. I first heard about this law in Florida. In California, the traffic is so thick that many times you can't move over. So I guess slowing down would be more common. Also for many years now, CHP and other ticket writers, go to the passenger side of your vehicle to conduct business. [safer that way]


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