Roseville Fire Department401 Oak Street
Roseville, CA 95678
Office (916) 774-5802
Cell (916) 580-8602
Fax (916) 774-5810

4/9/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #4-2012-1
Subject :

Pull to the right and stop
Safe driving tips for yielding to emergency vehicles
Contact :Jamie Pepin, Roseville Fire Department    916 774-5800
    jpepin@roseville.ca.us

The Roseville Fire Department would like to remind all drivers when you see an emergency vehicle approaching with lights and sirens on PULL TO THE RIGHT AND STOP! Failure to do so can delay responders. Seconds count when responding to emergencies. If you or your loved ones were in need of help, you would not want help to be delayed because drivers fail to yield the right of way to emergency vehicles. Do your part to help someone else in need.

The Roseville Fire Department offers the following safe driving tips for yielding to emergency vehicles. If you hear a siren or see flashing lights you should:

·         Pull to the right as soon as you are safely able to do so. Slow down and come to a complete stop.

·         Wait for the emergency vehicle to pass before re-entering the roadway. Make sure all emergency vehicles have passed. Remember often there is more than one emergency vehicle responding.

·         Don’t stop on the left side of the roadway.

·         Don’t stop in the middle of the road.

·         Do not pull into an intersection on a red light. Do not block the intersection. 

·         Do not race ahead to make the green light or turn before the emergency vehicle gets there.

·         If you see an emergency vehicle on the freeway, pull into the right lane when safe to do so and continue to travel at a safe speed. Don’t stop on the freeway.

·         If the operator of the emergency vehicle requests you to move in a certain direction via the PA system, please do so immediately.

·         Don’t panic.

The following California Vehicle Code (CVC) sections pertain to emergency vehicles responding Code 3:

21806(a)(1) CVC When approached by an emergency vehicle, which is sounding a siren and displaying a forward facing red-light (Code 3), all vehicular traffic shall yield the right-of-way and drive to the right side of the roadway and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed.

21806(a)(2) CVC When approached by an emergency vehicle that is responding Code 3 in a carpool lane, all vehicles shall exit the lane immediately.

21806(c) CVC When approached by an emergency vehicle that is responding Code 3, all pedestrians upon the roadway shall yield the right-of-way and proceed to the nearest curb or place of safety and remain there until the emergency vehicle has passed.



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