To aid in the SAFETY of Emergency personnel on the Road ways.
If an emergency vehicle is responding, with emergency lights and siren activated, you are to YIELD, pull to the side of the roadway and stop. Failing to YIELD to an emergency vehicle is a violation of the Law.
See an Emergency vehicle (Fire, Ambulance, Police) parked on the side of the road with its lights flashing?
Move over if you can, or face punishment under a the law.
Public Act 458 hands down substantial penalties for those who drive unsafely near police cars, fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles.
The law was put into effect to attempt to make traffic stops and other emergency procedures safer in congested areas.
Under the new law, motorists traveling in the right lane are asked to move one lane to the left when they see an emergency vehicle pulled over on the right shoulder with its lights on.
Motorists traveling in the left lane who see an emergency vehicle pull someone over on the left shoulder are likewise asked to move one lane over to the right, he said.
If motorists are unable to give the emergency vehicles the one-lane buffer due to traffic conditions, they are asked to slow down to a reasonable speed.
Failure to follow the law has severe consequences.
A person who doesn't obey Public Act 458 can face a minimum of a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to a $500 fine and/or 90 days jail time.
If the person's failure to obey the law leads to injury, the person could be charged with a felony punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment of up to two years.
Should the violation lead to death, the violator could be fined up to $7,500 and/or imprisoned for up to 15 years.