Substitute House Bill No. 5094
Public Act No. 12-19
AN ACT CONCERNING THE "MOVE OVER" LAW.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
Section 1. Section 14-283b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):
(a) For the purpose of this section "emergency vehicle" means any vehicle with activated flashing lights (1) operated by a member of an emergency medical service organization responding to an emergency call, (2) operated by a fire department or by any officer of a fire department responding to a fire or other emergency, (3) operated by a police officer, (4) that is a maintenance vehicle, as defined in section 14-1, or (5) that is a wrecker, as defined in section 14-1, "police officer" has the meaning set forth in section 7-294a, and "highway" [means a state or public highway with three] has the meaning set forth in section 14-1, provided such highway has two or more travel lanes that proceed in the same direction.
(b) Any operator of a motor vehicle on a highway when approaching one or more stationary emergency vehicles located on the shoulder, lane or breakdown lane of such highway shall (1) immediately reduce speed to a reasonable level below the posted speed limit, and (2) if traveling in the lane adjacent to the shoulder, lane or breakdown lane containing such emergency vehicle, move such motor vehicle over one lane, unless such movement would be unreasonable or unsafe.
(c) [A violation of any provision of this section shall be] Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (b) of this section shall have committed an infraction, except that if [a violation of the provisions of subsection (a)] such violation results in the injury of the operator of an emergency vehicle, [the operator of the motor vehicle that caused such injury] such person shall be fined [in an amount not to exceed] not more than two thousand five hundred dollars [,] and, if such violation results in the death of the operator of an emergency vehicle, [the operator of the motor vehicle that caused such death] such person shall be fined [in an amount not to exceed] not more than ten thousand dollars.
Approved May 14, 2012