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Crime Tracker Traffic School: Sharing The Road With Emergency Vehicles

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KHQ.COM - No one wants to stand in the way of getting aid to an emergency, but clearing the way on the road for an emergency vehicle is sometimes easier said than done.  This is especially true on a busy street or when you're stopped at an intersection.  For the most part, Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlain says drivers need to merge to the far right shoulder of the road and stop when they see an emergency vehicle with its lights on. 

However, there are some exceptions.  If you're on a freeway or road that has a jersey barrier or divide between lanes, drivers do not have to pull over if an emergency vehicle is headed in the opposite direction and can't turn left.  Also, if you are stopped at a red light and an emergency vehicle is behind you, Deputy Craig says not to move into the intersection.  He says sensors on the emergency vehicle will turn the red light green, at which point you can move through the intersection and to the right shoulder of the road.  He says you don't want to cause another emergency by getting into a crash while trying to get out of the way.

Many traffic infractions cost drivers $124.  However, Deputy Craig Chamberlain says failing to pull over for an emergency vehicle or following an emergency vehicle – which is also illegal – will cost you $1095. 

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