Public Laws

124th Legislature

Second Regular Session

Chapter 554

S.P. 581 - L.D. 1503

An Act To Establish Emergency Zones on Public Ways To Minimize Accidents

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 29-A MRSA 2074, sub-1-A is enacted to read:

1-A. Emergency zone. A person shall operate a vehicle at a careful and prudent speed not greater than is reasonable and proper when approaching or passing through an emergency zone, having due regard for the safety of any individual present in the emergency zone and the physical characteristics of the emergency zone.

For purposes of this subsection, "emergency zone" means any portion of a way where at least one stationary ambulance or emergency medical service, fire department, hazardous material response or police vehicle is located with emergency lights in use for the purpose of rendering medical assistance or responding to an event when the situation presents a risk of harm to a person using the way or an area immediately adjacent to the way. An emergency zone may be identified by any method reasonably visible to an approaching operator, including, but not limited to, vehicle emergency lights, signs, traffic cones, flaggers or mobile lighting.

A person who violates this subsection commits a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of not less than $250.

Effective July 12, 2010

Office of the Revisor of Statutes
State House, Room 108
Augusta, ME 04333