When there’s a crash or some other highway emergency, you should know that new fines have been approved that make it expensive to pass or speed in the area of the emergency. The legislation makes it a misdemeanor to pass within an emergency zone. Violations for speeding or passing within an emergency zone when responders are present would carry a $250 fine, plus any existing penalties. The measure also creates the offense of endangering an emergency responder. It would include passing within an emergency zone, speeding by at least 15 mph or using a lane that is not intended for motorists. Fines will range from up to $1,000 if no one is hurt to $10,000 if a responder is killed.