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Charged with Failure to Move Over for an Emergency Vehicle?

In North Carolina, if you see an emergency vehicle such as a police car pulled over on the side of the road, you must make an attempt to change lanes or greatly decrease your speed. This law came into effect in 2002, but in 2015 it was amended to include more public service vehicles such as garbage trucks and DOT trucks.

According to WNCN, a trooper reports that 9 out of 10 people in violation do not know that the law requires them to move over.

NC General Statute § 20-157 requires drivers to “move over” or slow down for law enforcement or any other public service vehicle working within 12 feet of the side of the road, with indicator lights on.

If you are charged with failing to move over for an emergency vehicle, you will be fined $250 plus the costs of court. If you damage the vehicle or injure an emergency personnel worker, you will be fined $500 plus costs of court and also be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor.

In some cases, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel can attend court for you so you do not have to take time away from work or your family. It is our goal to help reduce or eliminate the effect on your insurance. Contact attorney Kristi Haddock or attorney Wiley Nickel at (919) 585-1486 for a free consultation. We are conveniently located off of I-40 in Cary, NC. We handle traffic tickets in both Wake and Chatham counties including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Garner, Knightdale, Pittsboro and more.  

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