West Virginia SB 232 – Enhancing penalties for failing to use caution when approaching emergency vehicles
Enhancing penalties for failing to use caution when approaching emergency vehiclesFull Bill Text
SB 232 was introduced in the Senate on January 10, 2019 and referred to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. It does not have a hearing or committee vote currently scheduled.
The NMA opposes this bill because a) the state already has a “move over” statute with regard to roadside emergency vehicles with flashing lights, and b) the bill would mandate increased fines which would add urgency for motorists to quickly change lanes if coming upon a roadside emergency vehicle with flashing lights. Immediate and unpredictable maneuvers by drivers do not translate into safe (or safer) driving conditions.
SB 232 would increase the maximum fine for a “move over” violation to $1,000 from $500 not abiding by its provisions along with the potential for being confined in the regional jail.