Get Out of the Way (Even if You’re Not in the Way)!

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has recently held that a driver may be stopped for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle even if the emergency vehicle is traveling in opposing lanes of traffic and has an open lane of travel.  In Commonwealth v. Busser, 2012 PA Super. 227, the Superior Court held that the statute (75 Pa.C.S. sec. 3325) required every vehicle on the roadway–not just those traveling the same direction–to yield the right-of-way and pull as close as possible to the right-hand curb and stop, regardless of whether the emergency vehicle has an unobstructed path.

In other words, police departments that aggressively enforce DUI laws now have another reason to pull drivers over.  Mr. Busser learned this lesson the hard way.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *