Recently a number of incidents have taken place on Virginia roads involving emergency vehicles where drivers have not pulled over and allowed them the right-of-way. We may even think we can “beat” those vehicles at an intersection but sometimes a driver’s decision has caused a major accident.

In our area we commonly see police cars, ambulances and government motorcades with flashing lights and sirens. Often these vehicles are responding to emergencies or traveling rapidly as a matter of security.

Whenever you see a vehicle with lights and siren be sure you give way. You should move to the side of the rode or to another lane closest to the edge of the road, allowing the vehicle to pass.

The Code of Virginia section 46.2-829 states in part:

“Upon the approach of any emergency vehicle as defined in 46.2-920 giving audible signal by siren, exhaust whistle, or airhorn designed to give automatically intermittent signals, and displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating emergency light or lights as provided in 46.2-1022 through 46.2-1024, the driver of every other vehicle shall, as quickly as traffic and other highway conditions permit, drive to the nearest edge of the roadway, clear of any intersection of highways, and stop and remain there, unless directed by a law-enforcement officer, until the emergency vehicle has passed.”

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