"Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicles, N.J.S.A 39:4-91"

A person is guilty of failure to yield to an emergency vehicles N.J.S.A. 39:4-91 if he or she fails to yield the right of way to any authorized vehicle when it is operated on official business in response to an emergency call or in the pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law.

In order for an offense to occur, the emergency driver must give an audible signal and the vehicle must be equipped with at least one red light visible from at least 500 feet.

This statute does not relieve the crisis responder to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons.

This statute does not immunize drivers from the consequences of their reckless disregard for the safety of others.

Upon conviction of this offense in Spotswood, New Jersey, for instance, defendant will be assessed two motor vehicle and two insurance points.


A good alternative plea is pleading guilty to obstructing traffic N.J.S.A 39:4-67.

If the prosecutor does not grant that request then unsafe driving N.J.S.A 39:4-97.2 should be considered, although it should be noted that unsafe driving carries an approximate fine of $400.

Additionally, four points are assessed on one's driving record for a third unsafe driving conviction within five years of a second unsafe driving conviction.

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