You hear the wail of the ambulance and catch a glimpse of the flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Courtesy says that you should move over to let the vehicle pass. Did you know that North Carolina law says that you must pull over, or at least attempt to, also?
Under N.C.G.S. § 20-157(f), you must move or attempt to move out of the way for any emergency vehicles. This includes ambulances, firetrucks, and police cars.
If you are charged with failing to move over for an emergency vehicle in Raleigh, Apex, or anywhere in Wake County, you will be fined $250 plus the costs of court. You will also have to attend court in the Wake County Justice Center. 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 don’t have to. Contact us at (919) 585-1486 for a free consultation on your charge. We are conveniently located off of I-40 in Cary, NC, on Weston Parkway. We handle traffic tickets for Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Knightdale, and other areas in Wake County.