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Yielding to Emergency Vehicles a Duty of All Drivers

By: Lauren Davis
By: Lauren Davis

It is one law officials say drivers just are not following. Responders are having a hard time getting to emergencies because drivers just won't yield.

It's a time when every minute counts, but drivers are not heading the warning during emergencies. They are too busy talking on their cell phones, putting on makeup or listening the radio to get over says Pilcher's Ambulance Service.

“When we come up very few do what they're supposed to do,” said Jason Trammell of Pilcher's Ambulance Service.

If driver see or hear an emergency vehicle with flashing lights, the driver should pull to the right hand side and stop so the vehicle can pass.

“Over the years we've had less and less people slow down and have more trouble at intersections,” said Chief John Powell.

Pilchers gets most of their emergency calls during the daytime when there's the most traffic on the roadways.

Drivers who don't pay attention delay emergency response.

“Bad for us because they slam on breaks, and whether responding puts stress on people in back working on patients,” said Trammell.

Pilcher's Ambulance Service has had two accidents in the last two years due to drivers not paying attention at intersections.

Dothan police are starting to look for drivers who violate this law, so pay attention and get to the right and stop if you see an ambulance.


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