New Jersey A3890 – Imposes motor vehicle penalty points for violation of “move over law”


Bill No.:
A3890
Bill Location:
New JerseyAssembly / House
Bill Title:

Imposes motor vehicle penalty points for violation of "move over law"

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NMA Recommendation:
Oppose

The bill was referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Dec. 3, 2018. It is not currently scheduled for a hearing or vote.

A3890 would impose a fine of $100 to $500 and two motor vehicle penalty points for a driver not making a lane change away from a roadside emergency vehicle with flashing lights or, if a lane change isn’t possible, not slowing down when passing the emergency vehicle.

The majority of drivers, out of safety concerns and common courtesy, normally take those steps when passing a parked/disabled vehicle on the side of the road, let alone an emergency vehicle. By increasing the penalty for not moving over or slowing down, drivers will feel an added urgency to take those actions even when it may be spur-of-the-moment and not safe to do in the presence of surrounding traffic. This is not unlike the effect that red-light cameras can have in increasing rear-end collisions when drivers suddenly stop when the traffic signal turns yellow to avoid a photo ticket.

 


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