Make Way For Emergency Vehicles!
Sirens in the Distance
Either as passengers or drivers, we’ve all seen those flashing emergency lights in the rearview mirror. When you see an ambulance or other emergency vehicle with its lights or sirens on, you know it’s on its way to the scene of an accident, or transporting a wounded or sick person to the hospital. For everything from heart attacks to house fires, emergency response vehicles quickly get an injured person to medical treatment. So, when you see those flashing lights, what are you supposed to do?
Florida Ambulance Traffic Laws
According to Florida Traffic Law Statutes, a driver must yield the right-of-way to the emergency vehicle and shall immediately proceed to a position parallel to, and as close as reasonable to the closest edge of the curb of the roadway, clear of any intersection and shall stop and remain in position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed. If you can pull over to the edge of a road, you should do so as quickly as possible. This will give the emergency vehicle plenty of room to pass.
If you can’t safely pull over to the side of the road, get out of the ambulance’s way. Switch to a farther lane. When you see an emergency vehicle coming your way, don’t panic, or make any sudden movements. Continue to be aware of your surroundings, including other cars around you, but get out of the way of the ambulance as quickly and safely as possible. Be sure not to block any intersections. Emergency vehicles move quickly, and you will be able to resume your normal driving soon.
When an emergency vehicle stops on the side of the road, move away from the lane closest to it. Additionally, slow down when passing a stopped emergency vehicle. At the scene of an accident, there are paramedics, victims, or damaged cars around the road. Slowing down prevents any further accidents.
Ambulance Drivers Should Stay Aware
Drivers of emergency vehicles are also expected to do their part. They warn of their approach through the use of sirens, exhaust whistles, or those signature red and blue emergency lights. While en route, emergency vehicles must follow all Florida traffic laws. Getting a person to a hospital may call for speeding, weaving through traffic, or running red lights. Still, ambulance drivers are expected to use caution and common sense. They are expected to help people, not put others in harm’s way through irresponsible driving.
Around emergency vehicles, drive safe! You don’t want to be the one who winds up in the back of an ambulance.
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