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H0117.........................................by TRANSPORTATION AND DEFENSE MOTOR VEHICLES - POLICE - Amends existing law relating to motor vehicles to revise the duty of drivers upon approaching stationary police vehicles or authorized emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights. 02/07 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing 02/08 Rpt prt - to Transp 02/15 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 02/16 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 02/20 3rd rdg - PASSED - 63-6-1 AYES -- Anderson, Andrus, Barrett, Bayer, Bedke, Bell, Bilbao, Black, Block, Bock, Boe, Bolz, Brackett, Bradford, Chadderdon, Chavez, Chew, Collins, Crane, Durst, Edmunson, Eskridge, Hagedorn, Hart, Henbest, Henderson, Jaquet, Killen, King, Kren, Labrador, LeFavour, Luker, Marriott, Mathews, McGeachin, Mortimer, Moyle, Nielsen, Nonini, Pasley-Stuart, Patrick, Pence, Raybould, Ring, Ringo, Ruchti, Rusche, Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd(2), Shirley, Shively, Smith(30), Smith(24), Snodgrass, Stevenson, Thayn, Trail, Wills, Wood(27), Wood(35), Mr. Speaker NAYS -- Clark, Harwood, Lake, Loertscher, Shepherd(8), Vander Woude Absent and excused -- Roberts Floor Sponsor - Wills Title apvd - to Senate 02/21 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Transp 03/02 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 03/05 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 03/08 3rd rdg - PASSED - 32-3-0 AYES -- Andreason, Bair, Bastian, Bilyeu, Broadsword, Burkett, Cameron, Coiner, Corder, Darrington, Davis, Fulcher, Gannon, Geddes, Goedde, Hammond, Heinrich, Hill, Jorgenson, Kelly, Langhorst, Lodge, Malepeai, McGee, McKague, Pearce, Richardson, Schroeder, Siddoway, Stegner, Stennett, Werk NAYS -- Keough, Little, McKenzie Absent and excused -- None Floor Sponsor - President Pro Tempore Geddes Title apvd - to House 03/09 To enrol 03/12 Rpt enrol - Sp signed 03/13 Pres signed 03/14 To Governor 03/20 Governor signed Session Law Chapter 113 Effective: 07/01/07
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-ninth Legislature First Regular Session - 2007 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE BILL NO. 117 BY TRANSPORTATION AND DEFENSE COMMITTEE 1 AN ACT 2 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES; AMENDING SECTION 49-624, IDAHO CODE, TO REVISE THE 3 DUTY OF DRIVERS UPON APPROACHING STATIONARY POLICE VEHICLES OR AUTHORIZED 4 EMERGENCY VEHICLES DISPLAYING FLASHING LIGHTS. 5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 6 SECTION 1. That Section 49-624, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 7 amended to read as follows: 8 49-624. DRIVER DUTY UPON APPROACHING A STATIONARY POLICE VEHICLE OR AN 9 AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE DISPLAYING FLASHING LIGHTS. The driver of a motor 10 vehicle, upon approaching a stationary police vehicle displaying flashing 11 lights or an authorized emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights shall: 12 (1) If the driver is traveling on a highway with two (2) or more lanes 13 carrying traffic in the same direction, immediately reduce the speed of his 14 vehicle below the posted speed limit, proceed with due caution , orand change 15 lanes as soon as it is possible to do so in a manner that is reasonable and 16 prudent under the conditions then existing, with regard to actual and poten- 17 tial hazards. 18 (2) If the driver is traveling on a highway with one (1) lane for each 19 direction of travel, immediately reduce the speed of his vehicle below the 20 posted speed limit, and maintain a safe speed for the road, weather and traf- 21 fic conditions until completely past the stationary police vehicle or autho- 22 rized emergency vehicle.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 16872 The purpose of this motor vehicle act is to further clarify the duties and responsibilities of a driver approaching a stationary police vehicle or authorized emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights. The courts have been confused with the current statute, so this act makes it clear the driver must slow down below the posted speed limit and change lanes as soon as it is possible to do so in a manner that is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing, with regards to actual and potential hazards. FISCAL NOTE This has no fiscal impact on the general fund. Contact Name: Representative Rich Wills Phone: 332-1000 Representative JoAn Wood STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 117