Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle
39:4-91 Right of way
of emergency vehicles; liability of drivers.
39:4-91. a. The driver of a vehicle upon a highway
shall yield the right of way to any authorized
emergency vehicle when it is operated on official
business, or in the exercise of the driver's
profession or calling, in response to an emergency
call or in the pursuit of an actual or suspected
violator of the law and when an audible signal by
bell, siren, exhaust whistle or other means is
sounded from the authorized emergency vehicle and
when the authorized emergency vehicle, except a
police vehicle, is equipped with at least one
lighted lamp displaying a red light visible under
normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of at
least five hundred feet to the front of the vehicle.
shall not relieve the driver of any authorized
emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due
regard for the safety of all persons, nor shall it
protect the driver from the consequences of his
reckless disregard for the safety of others. Nothing
in this section shall be construed to limit any
immunity or defense otherwise provided by law.
Amended 1951, c.23, s.49; 1997, c.423, s.1.