Oregon governor signs emergency-vehicle bill

| 8/20/2003

Gov. Ted Kulongoski has signed into law a bill designed to protect state troopers and other emergency personnel during roadside stops in Oregon.

Under HB2176, drivers would be required to maintain a safe distance and reduce speed when approaching an emergency vehicle parked by the road with its lights flashing.

The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2004, requires drivers to merge into the furthest lane away from an emergency vehicle. On two-lane highways, drivers must slow down on approach before passing the emergency vehicle.

Violators could be fined up to $300.