September 17, 2019
There has been some confusion as to what you should do when a police vehicle, fire engine, ambulance, or other emergency vehicle using a siren, air horn, or a red or blue flashing light approaches from ANY direction.
- You must yield the right-of-way to any police vehicle, fire engine, ambulance, or other emergency vehicle using a siren and red/blue lights. Drive to the right edge of the road and stop until the emergency vehicle(s) have passed. However, never stop in an intersection.
- Pull over to the right side of the road safely, signaling as you do so to alert the driver of the emergency vehicle of your intentions. Though it’s important to react quickly, you shouldn’t put yourself or anyone else in danger. After pulling over, wait until the emergency vehicle has passed, and look for others—there may be more than one on the way.
- Next, re-enter the roadway. Be sure it is safe for you to get back on the road, then signal and merge with traffic. If you are on the side of the highway, be extra careful as you will need to get up to freeway speeds.
- You should also never follow an emergency vehicle or try to pass one. Remain a minimum of 500 feet behind a moving emergency vehicle that has its lights and siren on.
It could very well be you or your loved ones they are trying to assist.