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HOUSE BILL NO. 177
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H0177.........................................by TRANSPORTATION AND DEFENSE
MOTOR VEHICLES - Adds to existing law relating to rules of the road to
provide for the duty of a driver of a motor vehicle upon approaching a
stationary police vehicle or an authorized emergency vehicle displaying
flashing lights; and to provide for the duty of a driver of a stationary
police vehicle or authorized emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights.
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-eighth Legislature First Regular Session - 2005
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 177
BY TRANSPORTATION AND DEFENSE COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO RULES OF THE ROAD; AMENDING CHAPTER 6, TITLE 49, IDAHO CODE, BY
3 THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 49-624, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE DUTY
4 OF A DRIVER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE UPON APPROACHING A STATIONARY POLICE VEHI-
5 CLE OR AN AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE DISPLAYING FLASHING LIGHTS AND TO
6 PROVIDE FOR THE DUTY OF A DRIVER OF A STATIONARY POLICE OR AUTHORIZED
7 EMERGENCY VEHICLE DISPLAYING FLASHING LIGHTS.
8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
9 SECTION 1. That Chapter 6, Title 49, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
10 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des-
11 ignated as Section 49-624, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
12 49-624. DRIVER DUTY UPON APPROACHING A STATIONARY POLICE VEHICLE OR AN
13 AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE DISPLAYING FLASHING LIGHTS. The driver of a motor
14 vehicle, upon approaching a stationary police vehicle displaying flashing
15 lights or an authorized emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights shall:
16 (1) If the driver is traveling on a highway with two (2) or more lanes
17 carrying traffic in the same direction, immediately reduce the speed of his
18 vehicle, proceed with due caution, and change lanes as soon as it is possible
19 to do so in a manner that is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then
20 existing, with regard to actual and potential hazards.
21 (2) If the driver is traveling on a highway with one (1) lane for each
22 direction of travel, immediately reduce the speed of his vehicle, and change
23 lanes into the opposing traffic lane, but only if the opposing lane is clearly
24 visible and free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit
25 moving around the stationary vehicles and without interfering with the opera-
26 tion of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction. The driver shall
27 return to an authorized lane of travel as soon as practicable and in all
28 respects shall operate his vehicle in a manner that is reasonable and prudent
29 under the conditions, with regard to actual and potential hazards.
30 (3) The provisions of this section shall not relieve the driver of a
31 police vehicle or an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with
32 due regard for the safety of all persons and property upon the highway.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Addition to rules of the road for clarification of law pertaining
to emergency and police vehicles and the driving public's
responsibility when approaching such vehicles displaying flashing
No fiscal impact.
Name: Rep. Rich Wills
Name: Rep. JoAn Wood
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 177