WATCH: Motorist refuses to pull over for emergency responder in Lakewood

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  1. I’ve had that happen to me while responding to a Hatzalah call a few times, as well. I believe that there is a statute requiring a motorist pull over for an emergency vehicle – but then again, there are statutes regulating almost all the insane driver videos on TLS!
    On a more serious note, sirens are not permitted on First Redponder cars in NJ. Changing that would probably help in these situations – it’s a lot harder to ignore an irritating siren than a blinking light.

  2. I get this all the time responding to emergency calls. Unfortunately its the reality of driving in this town. People just don’t move or deliberately slow you down. I can post video after video of people break-checking me, or stopping mid-turn and just freezing. While it is illegal to use sirens in NJ on a private car, I personally have no choice but to use them most times. I would rather risk whatever there is to risk than risk someone elses life by coming to a scene too late. Sometimes, as first responders we have to choose between our own legal jeopardy and the life we would like to help and save. Sad, thats all I can say. When you see an emergency vehicle, whether or not you think they should be doing what they are doing, pull over, its the law.

  3. the law states to move over “if it is safe to do so”. There was no way for this vehicle to move into the right lane, as there was another vehicle going stride for stride in the right lane. The Emergency Responder did not give sufficient space for the vehicle to safely slow down either. So he/she probably assumed that best thing to do is to just move on. Or they foolishly drive with noise cancelling headphones on, or blasting some music.

  4. The law in New Jersey is you must pull to the right and come to a complete stop when you see a flashing red or blue light or hear a siren. Regardless of which lane you are in! The law doesn’t say to race along side an emergency vehicle or try to make a cheshbon if you can beat it through an intersection.
    The fellow on the right and oncoming traffic are just as much at fault as the blind & deaf person in the SUV.

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