How Close Can You Follow An Emergency Vehicle??

What is the distance you must stay behind an emergency vehicle?

Stay at least 500 feet behind any moving emergency vehicle (fire truck, ambulance, patrol car) displaying flashing warning lights and sounding a siren.

Is honking your horn illegal in California?

Only use your vehicle’s horn to facilitate safe driving. If you honk your horn for any other reason, you can be cited. California Vehicle Code section 27007 makes it illegal to operate a vehicle which has a sound amplification system audible at a distance of 50 feet or more.1 Apr 2017

Is it illegal to follow an emergency vehicle?

As already said, it isn’t illegal to follow an ambulance. But if the ambulance is running lights and sirens and speeding, you will be breaking traffic laws trying to keep up, and can get stopped and cited for it. Of course, following an ambulance also increases the chances of crashing into an attorney or two. 😉

How do you drive around an emergency vehicle?

Emergency Vehicles. You must yield the right-of-way to a police car, fire engine, ambulance, or other emergency vehicle that uses a siren and flashing lights. Pull as close to the right of the road as possible and stop until the emergency vehicle(s) has passed. However, don’t stop in an intersection.

Is it illegal to not pull over for emergency vehicles?

Make no sudden moves. If an emergency vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction, you should pull over and stop. Not only is this illegal, you run the risk of collision as vehicles pull back out into traffic after the emergency vehicle goes by.

What to do when ambulance is behind you California?

You must yield the right-of-way to any police vehicle, fire engine, ambulance, or other emergency vehicle using a siren and red lights. Drive to the right edge of the road and stop until the emergency vehicle(s) have passed.

Can you smoke while driving in California 2018?

You may not smoke in a car when anyone younger than 18 years old is inside (aka child, minor, etc). 11CA Health & Safety Code Sec 118948 See Guide to Smoking Laws for more. It is illegal for both drivers and passengers to: drink alcohol in a car 12Vehicle Code Sec 23221 or use marijuana in a car.

Can you get a ticket for not pulling over for an ambulance?

Failing to move over when being approached by an emergency vehicle is a Class 2 misdemeanor. There is also a hefty fine of $250.00 plus court costs imposed on someone who is convicted for failing to move over for an emergency vehicle. The penalties are more severe if an emergency vehicle or work is hit or injured.

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