Philadelphia, PA asked in Traffic Tickets for New Jersey

Q: How much time or distance does the law state that you have to pull over when an emergency vehicle comes up behind you?

I was pulling a travel trailer and can't be expected to stop the same as a car!

50 seconds & less than 1 mile does not seam reasonable. I just viewed a copy of the dash-cam disc.

Why do I feel this is loosely determined by the officer and how he felt that day?

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2 Lawyer Answers
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: No set mileage is in the statute, but if you look at the cases its a reasonable distance/time. The problem is some people just aren't that aware of their surroundings and thus don't pull over right away even though the cop was behind them, and then they get the charge. if charged make sure you get yourself a good lawyer as this can be a serious charge with jail time.

Stuart Nachbar agrees with this answer

Stuart Nachbar
Stuart Nachbar
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Livingston, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: The statute does not state a specific time or distance. It says: The driver of every vehicle shall immediately drive to a position as near as possible and parallel to the right-hand edge or curb of the highway, clear of an intersection of highways, and shall stop and remain in that position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed"

I hope this helps

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