Move Over For Sirens & Lights
We all share the responsibility of knowing and practicing proper driving behaviors. One of the most important “rules of the road” deals with yielding the right of way to emergency vehicles.
First let’s look at what we SHOULD do:
Here are things that happen every day that drivers SHOULD NOT do:
Those who drive fire apparatus and ambulances are thoroughly trained and tested. They are taught first to drive with due regard for the safety of others. Their intent is never to force other drivers off the road. This supersedes a natural desire to get where they are going very fast to help the victims of a car accident or a drowning child or fight a fire.
Drivers of emergency vehicles know that they cannot help anyone if they don’t get there! Generally, emergency drivers will move left, since obviously other drivers are supposed to move right. Sometimes, due to traffic conditions, they may have to travel in opposing lanes. This is why it is so important for drivers to respect response vehicles by moving out of the way and stopping. That will provide the space needed and ideally give an escape route if something goes wrong.
When you or someone you care about needs the help of an emergency responder, you will be thankful for the drivers who didn’t impede response and allowed their safe and prompt arrival.Thank you for helping save lives through this action!
Greater Naples Fire Rescue District BOFC Meeting
5:30 PM Tuesday
May 12, 2015
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