JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Traffic offenses committed near emergencies on Missouri highways could lead to new penalties for motorists. Violations for speeding or passing within an emergency zone when responders are present would carry a $250 fine, on top of any existing penalties. A new law creates the offense of endangerment of an emergency responder. It would include passing within an emergency zone, speeding by at least 15 mph and using a lane not marked for motorists. The highway legislation is among several new Missouri laws taking effect tomorrow.

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