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The Forgotten Rules of the Road: Emergency Vehicle Safety

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Traveling safely on the road is important for motorists and for drivers of emergency vehicles as well.

It can be confusing knowing what to do around medical vehicles in town so today we're diving a little deeper on how to react.

For emergency vehicles getting to their destination can be a struggle.

Often times drivers aren't paying attention and don't notice or aren't expecting them.

"There's a lot of distracted driving sometimes when we're in the flow of traffic coming with our lights on," says Kearney Fire Engineer Jason Whalen.

These are occurrences happen on nearly every call for emergency personnel and it's something Good Samaritan Hospital EMT, Mike Schianost sees a lot of.

"What we request from the community from the community is that they pull to the right for emergency vehicles, pull to the right for sirens and lights," says Schianost.

Experts also encourage those on the opposite side of the road to pull to the right as well for precautionary measures.

This is not required by law but more so simply asked of.

Not only is it important for drivers to be cautious while being passed, but also cautious on how close you're following these vehicles.

Schianost says, "Most of the activity does happen at the rear of the ambulance that's where the patients are loaded and unloaded and that's where a lot of equipment goes in and out and that's where a lot of personnel enter and exit through an ambulance."

Only when the emergency vehicles lights and sirens are on do you need to follow these rules.

"If our lights and sirens aren't on then we're just a normal vehicle on the road."

But in the instance of an emergency one simple task can make a difference in a possibly life or death situation.

"If you see an emergency vehicle whether it be a police officer, ambulance or a fire truck just give it plenty of room on all four sides,"says Whalen.

But for emergency personnel getting to their destination safely is what's most important.

 

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