Don’t Get Ticketed for Passing a Parked Emergency Vehicle – California Vehicle Code Section 21809

By: Wallin & Klarich

Under California Vehicle Code Section 21809, the law now gives greater protection to emergency vehicles that are parked on the shoulder of a freeway. This means that if you are driving in either the very far right or very far left lanes, the law requires you to change lanes if you see that you are coming up behind an emergency vehicle that is parked on the freeway shoulder and has its lights flashing. If you determine that it would be unsafe for you to change lanes, then the law requires you to slow down to a reasonable speed.

If you have been ticketed for this infraction in California, make sure you hire a traffic ticket lawyer to help you get the case dismissed. If you are convicted of this traffic infraction, you are facing a $50 fine and one point on your driving record. However, penalty assessments will be added to the $50 so that the total amount you will have to pay will be closer to $200. By hiring a traffic ticket lawyer, you may be able to avoid paying the fines and you may also be able to avoid the points on your driving record.

At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have over 30 years of experience. Our San Diego California criminal defense attorneys have seen first-hand just how consequential accepting the fines given from a ticket can be in leading to hurting a person’s driving record. A bad driving record can lead to higher insurance premiums and even loss of employment. It is important that you talk to an attorney even if you are thinking of paying the fine of the ticket. It can make a big difference. Call us today at (888) 280-6839 or visit us on our website at We will be there when you call.

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