Each year in the U.S., thousands of police and fire vehicles responding to emergency calls never arrive because they were involved in a motor vehicle accident. Did you know the second leading cause of law enforcement duty-related deaths are motor vehicle accidents? Here are some tips to help emergency vehicles reach their destinations safely.
When an emergency vehicle is approaching:
Pull to the right and come to a complete stop.
If you are traveling on a high-speed road or there is no room to stop, slow down as much as possible.
If you are in the left lane, pull over into the right lane as traffic in that lane moves to the right.
If you cannot move to the right lane because of another vehicle or obstacle, slow and move the right as much as you can and stop.
When an emergency vehicle approaches you while you are stopped at an intersection, stay where you are unless you can pull to the right.
On a 4-lane highway or street without barriers, both sides of traffic should pull to the right.
Be careful when driving by or around a motor vehicle accident or any situation where emergency vehicles are parked and the firefighters are working.
Drivers should stay at least 500 feet behind emergency vehicles.
Never pass a moving emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights unless directed by a police officer.