|Pull to the Right for Sirens and Lights
|Every day, emergency vehicles respond to urgent requests for service from the
public. The call may be for Fire, EMS or Police. Minimum response time by
emergency services is absolutely essential since minutes lost during our response
to an emergency could be the difference between a favorable or tragic outcome. It
is our desire to see response time for Emergency Services minimized. To
accomplish this, sophisticated communications systems are in place, emergency
vehicles are appropriately equipped, and training of Emergency Responders is
|Still, the biggest problem is getting emergency vehicles to the scene of an
emergency safely, especially in urban traffic and during peak traffic periods. All
drivers must know their responsibilities when approached by an emergency vehicle
with its red lights flashing or siren sounding
|The Ohio Motor Vehicle Law clearly states what a driver is required to do:
4511.45 Right-of-way of public safety vehicles
Upon the approach of a public safety vehicle, equipped with at least one
flashing, rotation or oscillating light visible under normal atmospheric
conditions from a distance of five hundred feet to the front of such vehicle
and the driver is giving audible signal by siren, exhaust whistle, or bell, the
driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right of way, immediately drive to
a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right edge or curb of the
highway clear of any intersection, and stop and remain in such position until
the public safety vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a
|Do you know what to do?
- Don't panic and slam on the brakes.
- Pull as near as possible and parallel to the right-hand edge or curb and stop.
- Remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed.
- Don't stop in the middle of a curve.
- Don't stop on or while cresting a hill.
|Good drivers always check their mirrors frequently and do everything
necessary to maintain an awareness of other vehicles in their vicinity!
|Emergency vehicles will usually try and pass to the left since you should be pulling
to the right. However, distracted drivers, or those blocking intersections or
roadways may negate that possibility.
Motorists can help us reach those in need by being attentive and pulling to
the right when an Emergency Vehicle approaches
Precious minutes lost while responding to an emergency can be the difference
between life and death. Help us help others by pulling to the right and stopping