Route 37 Lane Closed at Fischer for Promo Video

Emergency responders illustrating state's "move over" law

A lane and shoulder closure will be in place on Route 37 east of Fischer Boulevard for the next several hours, said Fire District 1 Chief John Lightbody.

Police, fire and EMS personnel are on scene in front of to shoot a promotional video illustrating the state's "move over" law for New Jersey State Police and Department of Transportation use, said police Chief Michael Mastronardy.

A car is overturned onto its passenger side in the simulation, which seeks to detail the law that requires motorists to get out of the way of emergency vehicles.

"The new law requires motor vehicle operators to reduce their speed and change lanes when approaching authorized vehicles displaying emergency lights. Such vehicles include police, fire and medical services vehicles, and also highway maintenance, tow trucks and official motorist aid vehicles displaying amber emergency lights," reads a release by the Office of the Attorney General.

"Where possible, drivers are required to move over to create an empty lane next to the emergency vehicle. When safely changing lanes is not possible, drivers must slow down below the posted speed limit prior to passing emergency vehicles. Drivers should also be prepared to stop, if necessary," the release states.

BobD April 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I'm glad NJ is enacting this law. Most other states I drive through have this law, which wouldn't be necessary if drivers would exercise common sense. Any first responder will tell you the most dangerous assignment is traffic control at a construction or accident site. Any disabled vehicle on the shoulder with their flashers on should be passed slowly and carefully.
GaryR April 25, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Common sense really...who wouldn't move over to give Emergency vehicles extra room?....especially when they are helping someone injured on the side of the road with their back to the traffic. They need all the help they can get, they don't need to keep a constant eye on the road because some hot dog is speeding and not paying attention because they are late for work. COMMON SENSE!
Brian Fitzpatrick April 25, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Hi Chris, You are supposed to do both. You must reduce your speed - at whatever speed that is, though it is not specifically stated below the posted limit - and change lanes prior to reaching the scene where any emergency or service vehicles are operating. If changing lanes is not possible, you must reduce your speed below the posted limit. BobD is right. One of the most dangerous places to be operating is on the side of a highway where the traffic is usually going well above the limit, and people aren't paying attention.
marcy April 25, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I am amazed at the drivers in this state who never move over when they hear a siren RIGHT behind them. I guess they have a death wish.
Joseph A. Lypowy April 25, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I remember reading that you need to move over and yield when I took my drivers test back in the 1970's. I would have thought it is already the law?


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