VC 21806 (a, b) – Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle

VC 21806 Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle which is sounding a siren and which has at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light that is visible, under normal atmospheric conditions, from a distance of 1,000 feet to the front of the vehicle, the surrounding traffic shall, except as otherwise directed by a traffic officer, do the following:

(a) (1) Except as required under paragraph (2), the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to the right-hand edge or curb of the highway, clear of any intersection, and thereupon shall stop and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.

(2) A person driving a vehicle in an exclusive or preferential use lane shall exit that lane immediately upon determining that the exit can be accomplished with reasonable safety.

(b) The operator of every street car shall immediately stop the street car, clear of any intersection, and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.

Failure to Yield Emergency Vehicle tickets for violating California Vehicle Code 21806 (a-b) VC are common tickets issued by local police and sheriffs and Highway Patrol.  These are good tickets to fight and our attorneys have many ways of beating these.

The fine amount for these tickets is $490.00

In California VC 21806 (a) (b) carries one DMV point which stays on your driving record for 3 years.  Each DMV point costs approximately $750 in increased insurance premiums over 3 years plus the cost of the fine amount.

The total cost if you just pay your ticket for VC 21806 could be $1,240 or more.

This is why you should NOT simply pay the fine for VC 21806 (a, b) and plead guilty.