Re: Are Laws Against Passing Emergency Vehicles Unconstitutional
the emergency vehicle definition really should not be a big issue.
so, the vehicle isn't moving and it is displaying visual signals that only an emergency vehicle is allowed to have on their vehicle. Not sure why you see that as so difficult to determine.
(a) On approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using visual signals that meet the requirements of Sections 547.305 and 547.702,
Vehicle moving or not displaying the emergency signals, law not applicable.
does it have emergency signals? Are they being displayed? If so, move over.
Sec. 541.201. VEHICLES. In this subtitle:
in particular "
(C) a municipal department or public service corporation emergency vehicle that has been designated or authorized by the governing body of a municipality;"
seriously, not only is it not difficult to determine which vehicles it applies to, when driving, you are expected to understand the drive with due caution so as to avoid accidents or such. Err on the side of caution and there should never be a problem.
Heck, I move over for a beat up old Yugo that is on the side of the road with their flashers on. It is called driving with due regard for the situation at hand. You never know when the Yugo driver will open his door (and most likely have it fall off into your path of travel) or step from around the vehicle into your path.
Seriously? If the vehicle is not on the highway, the law doesn't apply. If it is, you
also it seems that there should be some distance from the road that would make this law unusable.
(1) vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle when driving on a highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the emergency vehicle;
or slow down.
You really seem to be making more of this than there is. The law is actually one of the better laws regarding this issue I have seen. It is quite clear, especially when you compare it to many other state's laws.
I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.