New Jersey considers emergency-vehicle bill

| 9/15/2003

A practice followed by professional truckdrivers for decades would become law in a bill under consideration in the New Jersey Assembly. The proposal is designed to protect police and other emergency personnel during roadside stops.

Under A3562, dubbed the “Move Over Act,” 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 measure, written by Assemblyman Robert J. Smith, D-Gloucester, would require drivers to merge into the farthest lane away from an emergency vehicle. On two-lane highways, drivers would be required to slow down to 20 mph below the speed limit before passing the emergency vehicle.

Violators could face fines up to $200 and/or 15 days in jail, South Jersey’s Courier-Post reported.