Tennessee governor signs emergency-vehicle bill

| 9/5/2003

Gov. Phil Bredesen has signed into law legislation designed to protect police and other emergency personnel during roadside stops in Tennessee.

Under HB1023, drivers are required to maintain a safe distance and reduce speed when approaching an emergency vehicle parked by the road with their lights flashing.

The new law requires drivers to merge into the furthest lane away from an emergency vehicle, if practical. On two-lane highways, drivers must slow down on approach before passing the emergency vehicle.

Until July 1, 2004, violators will receive a warning only. Afterward, violators could be fined $50.