The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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November 7, 2013

Ask a Trooper: Where do you park to get out of path of emergency vehicle?

Answer: As frustrating and tempting as it may be to pull into the intersection with a red light — do not. Other people cannot run a red light based on an emergency vehicle’s siren and/or emergency lights, so they have to wait until the light turns green and then go, and then move over to the right if possible.

If for some reason you have enough room while stopped you should pull over to the right shoulder or left shoulder (if on multi-lane road way —which is legal) just as long as it doesn’t require you to enter the intersection.

While responding to emergencies, I have observed drivers trying to squeeze into the intersection in an attempt to create room for the emergency vehicle, but that is not safe or recommended.

We will just have to use some patience along with the legal and safe opportunity when the light turns green again.


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