Montana Department of Transportation

Protect EMS

Protect the people who protect you.

In 2001, a law was enacted to protect Montana Emergency Services Personnel (EMS) when they are stopped on Montana roadways with emergency lights activated.

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What the law requires

Slow down and proceed with caution

The law requires motorists approaching stopped emergency services vehicles with emergency lights activated to slow down and proceed with caution.

Safely switch lanes

Motorists are also expected to move to a lane away from the emergency service vehicle and do so safely with due regard for other traffic.

If motorists cannot safely change lanes, they must slow down and proceed with caution.

Citations & Fines

If you are cited for this violation, it could result in a fine.

Become a Partner

Join us!

Join us in becoming a partner for safety by helping protect Emergency Services Personnel, while they protect others.

Learn more

For more information, contact your nearest Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) office.

Education & Enforcement

Resources for law enforcement, legislators, and other decision makers

Questions?

, Program Manager
State Highway Traffic Safety Section
406-444-0856