Crime Tracker Traffic School: Driving With Emergency Vehicles - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Crime Tracker Traffic School: Sharing The Road With Emergency Vehicles

Posted: Updated:

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. 

  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: I-90 back open after crash halts traffic

    UPDATE: I-90 back open after crash halts traffic

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:29 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:29:14 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A crash on Interstate 90 in downtown Spokane delayed commuters for hours Saturday afternoon. The crash happened at about 5:15 p.m. near the Division street exit. A truck pulling a tractor trailer flipped onto its side, scattering debris across the westbound lanes of the freeway. Two lanes of westbound traffic were blocked for more than 2 hours.
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A crash on Interstate 90 in downtown Spokane delayed commuters for hours Saturday afternoon. The crash happened at about 5:15 p.m. near the Division street exit. A truck pulling a tractor trailer flipped onto its side, scattering debris across the westbound lanes of the freeway. Two lanes of westbound traffic were blocked for more than 2 hours.
  • "Pig Out In The Park" fills city's piggy bank

    "Pig Out In The Park" fills city's piggy bank

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:28:22 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - "Pig Out In The Park" drew thousands of visitors to Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane Saturday, providing an economic boost to the city.City officials say the event brings $4.1 million in revenue to the City of Spokane. Over six days, it's expected food vendors in Riverfront Park will serve about 196,000 people.
    SPOKANE, Wash. - "Pig Out In The Park" drew thousands of visitors to Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane Saturday, providing an economic boost to the city.City officials say the event brings $4.1 million in revenue to the City of Spokane. Over six days, it's expected food vendors in Riverfront Park will serve about 196,000 people.
  • Spokane boy gives birthday to charity

    Spokane boy gives birthday to charity

    Saturday, August 30 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-08-31 03:09:16 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - On his birthday, 12-year-old Chase Loney decided to ask for teddy bears to donate to the fire department.When firefighters respond to emergencies where kids are involved, it helps to have a way to break the ice and have something firefighters can give them to make them feel better.
    SPOKANE, Wash. - On his birthday, 12-year-old Chase Loney decided to ask for teddy bears to donate to the fire department.When firefighters respond to emergencies where kids are involved, it helps to have a way to break the ice and have something firefighters can give them to make them feel better.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.