Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle Charge Dismissed in Virginia
Today in Sussex General District Court, I represented a client charged under the Code of Virginia section 46.2-829 which states:
“Approach of law-enforcement or fire-fighting vehicles, rescue vehicles, or ambulances; violation as failure to yield right-of-way:
Upon the approach of any emergency vehicle…giving audible signal…designed to give automatically intermittent signals, and displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating emergency light or lights…the driver of every other vehicle shall, as quickly as traffic and other highway conditions permit, drive to the nearest edge of the roadway, clear of any intersection of highways, and stop and remain there, unless otherwise directed by a law-enforcement officer, until the emergency vehicle has passed…”
Due to its status as an “infraction” in Virginia, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle does not carry jail time (unless you pass an emergency vehicle with its lights on). This does not mean, however, that it is a charge to take lightly. If convicted, this infraction can be fined up to $250 and (more importantly) carries 4 points on your driving record in Virginia which is the same amount as a speeding ticket.
In this particular case, my client was given a ticket after she passed a State Trooper’s vehicle which was pulled over on the side of the road. I was able to present a defense which allowed for my client’s charge to be completely dismissed.
If you have received a ticket for Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle in Virginia, contact me as soon as possible to discuss your case.