Re: Pulled Over on the Left and Got a Ticket for It
What is "flashed behind me"?
What code section did he cite?
And it doesn't sound as if you pulled over at all, or "yielded" in any way if you simply stayed in the left lane itself! I can understand that there is no shoulder, but given that there is no shoulder on either side does not give the driver the option to choose where to stop. The code section clearly requires one to pull to the right and stop... Until the Emergency vehicle passes or until given instructions to proceed through.
I am not clear on whether you panicked because you didn't know what to do, or if you knew what you should have done but panicked and didn't do it, so I'm not sure what you're asking... Either way, this is something that any and all drivers should know, must do... It shouldn't even be a question! It should be the normal involuntary reaction to slap one's self into attention, check your surroundings and your blind spots to ensure you're not swerving into some unsuspecting driver, and start one's safe and systematic merge to the right and to an eventual stop upon reaching the right edge of the roadway! If the right edge of the roadway is occupied by parked vehicles or other vehicles that beat you to the right edge, then pull over as close as you can to the right edge. If you are in an intersection or approaching one, next to a driveway/entranced to a shopping center, make an effort to either not block the middle of the intersection or the driveway just in case the emergency vehicle is going to need to make that turn or entry.
Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle which is sounding a siren and which has at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light that is visible, under normal atmospheric conditions, from a distance of 1,000 feet to the front of the vehicle, the surrounding traffic shall, except as otherwise directed by a traffic officer, do the following:
(1) Except as required under paragraph (2), the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to the right-hand edge or curb of the highway, clear of any intersection, and thereupon shall stop and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.
(2) A person driving a vehicle in an exclusive or preferential use lane shall exit that lane immediately upon determining that the exit can be accomplished with reasonable safety.
(b) The operator of every street car shall immediately stop the street car, clear of any intersection, and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.
(c) All pedestrians upon the highway shall proceed to the nearest curb or place of safety and remain there until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.
That simply sets the standard for everyone to follow so that the driver of the authorized emergency vehicle (if this had been a situation where s/he needed to get by you rather than pull you over) can reasonably be expected to and afforded the opportunity to get past traffic in a safe and efficient manner.
What if this had been on the freeway, with traffic moving at 65, 70... 80 miles per hour?
Even worse yet, what if it had been ^that^ same freeway with you in one of the middle lanes?
Our driving record should be a reasonable representation of any violations that we committed (for infractions over the last 3 years)... If you're that concerned about this one moving violation, the law does allow you the opportunity to avoid having the one violation point associated with this violation being added to your driving record. If you pay the fine, pay the traffic school administrative fee to the court, and subsequently and successfully complete the traffic school course, the violation is entered on your driving record as "dismissed" and zero points are assessed to it.
I am right 97% of the time... Who cares about the other 4%!