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Traffic Tip: Pull to right for emergency vehicles

By By David Brogger
March 2, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 1, 2014 at 9:02 p.m.


Motorists are required to yield the right of way to emergency vehicles responding to calls.

When a dire call is dispatched and police, fire or EMS need to use their emergency lights and sirens to respond quickly to a scene, all too often our response is hindered by drivers who fail to yield the right of way to an approaching authorized emergency vehicle.

I know that most drivers don't want to be inconvenienced by pulling over momentarily to allow the emergency vehicle to safely pass because I routinely see drivers completely ignore the whaling siren and flashing lights in their rearview mirror.

Remember, it only takes a few seconds to safely move your vehicle to the right and stop along the curb to allow the emergency vehicle to pass you safely.

When lives are at stake, the precious seconds lost in response time because drivers fail to yield the right of way could be the difference between life or death for the victims we are rushing to reach.

For more on this law, see transportation code 545.156.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites citizens to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website, victoriapd.com, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, at 361-485-3700.

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