ROXBURY, NJ – Motorists who pass a firetruck or ambulance entering or leaving the firehouse in Succasunna will face fines of up to $500, thanks to a new Roxbury ordinance.

The ordinance, approved recently by the Roxbury Mayor and Council, is an attempt ensure the safety of fire and first-aid crews coming and going at the Roxbury Chemical Engine Co. 1 facility on Main Street.

The problem was first raised a year ago by Roxbury Councilwoman Jaki Albrecht. She said some township first-responders asked if the town could do something to stop drivers from going around ambulances and firetrucks, particularly when the vehicles are returning to the building.

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The matter was again discussed in August and the ordinance was introduced on Nov. 13.

Although the current ordinance only names the Succasunna firehouse, the council intends to establish similar laws for the township’s two other firehouses, officials said. Each will require a separate ordinance.

The new law states that no motorist traveling eastbound on Main Street  “shall pass any authorized emergency vehicle which is occupying” the road between 100 feet east of Horizon Drive to 100 feet west of North Hillside Avenue.”

At a prior meeting of the township council, Roxbury Police Chief Marc Palanchi noted that, without the ordinance, the fines for violating Roxbury’s existing no-passing zones are only up to $50, “less than (for) a taillight being out.”

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