Ted Kulongoski has signed into law a bill designed to protect state
troopers and other emergency personnel during roadside stops in
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.
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
could be fined up to $300.