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CCFR: Move to the right when emergency vehicles approach

Posted: August 17, 2012 - 12:04am

The fire department is reminding motorists to “move to the right for sirens and lights.”

Capital City Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal Daniel Jager said there have been several instances lately where drivers haven’t seen fire trucks and engines en route to an emergency.

“The other common issue is that people do not always move to the right side and come to a stop,” Jager said. “They move to the left lane, they move to the right lane, and then they keep driving. This is not the proper way to yield to emergency apparatus.”

State law requires motorists to slow down and pull to the right when emergency vehicles are approaching.

Jager said taking any other action, such as stopping in the lane of travel or moving to the left, is dangerous since the drivers of the emergency vehicles travel in the left lane and anticipate that motorists will move to the right.

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