Chester First Aid Squad

100 North Road

P.O. Box 337

Chester, New Jersey 07930

Non-Emergency: (908) 879-5560

Fax: (908) 879-0217


Emergency? Call 9-1-1

Pull Over and Stop for Emergency Vehicles

New Jersey law requires all motorists to yield to emergency vehicles when they
sound sirens and/or flashing red and/or blue emergency lights. A motorist should
steer to the extreme right of the roadway, stop and wait for the vehicle to pass.
Afterward, the motorist should keep at least 300 feet behind a signaling emergency
vehicle (N.J.S.A. 39:4-92, 39:3-54.12).

Police cars, fire trucks, ambulances or other emergency vehicles have sirens and
red lights. Private vehicles operated by volunteer fire and rescue squad members
(with emergency vehicle identification) responding to an emergency call use blue
lights. A motorist should never park within 200 feet of a fire department vehicle
in service or drive over a fire hose unless directed to do so by a fire, emergency
rescue or police official.

MVC points and penalties

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) keeps track of your traffic violations by adding points to your driving record. It will add two points to your driving record for failing to yield to emergency vehicles. If you get six or more points on your record in a three-year period, you will be subject to a surcharge. For an accumulation of 12 or more points, the MVC will suspend your driver’s license.


The traffic fine for failure to yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles is $85. The fine for failure to pull over for an emergency vehicle or following an emergency vehicle too closely is $85.

The municipal court may also impose additional penalties in the form of a $50-$200 fine or imprisonment in state prison for up to 15 days. The judge can also decide to suspend your driver’s license for willful violation of the law.