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SBPD provides tips on pulling over for emergency vehicles

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It seems everyone is in a race these days and that's why police want to remind drivers about pulling over for emergency vehicles.

Here are a few tips from the South Bend Police Department.

If you're on a multi-lane road, pulling over to the right isn't always a safe possibility. Police say if you can't safely pull over to the right side of the road, just stop. If every driver follows this plan, emergency vehicles can adjust their route accordingly.

Captain Phil Trent of the South Bend Police Department says, "Nobody's asking members of the public to risk their own safety just to allow a police or medic unit to get through an intersection."

Here is the complete report from the South Bend Police Department on pulling over for emergency vehicles:

Both new and more experienced drivers have heard the same basic message when it comes to driving with approaching emergency vehicles: If the lights and siren are activated, pull safely to the right lane or shoulder and come to a stop. But with multi-lane, one way streets and intersections with multiple turn lanes, this can be confusing and potentially dangerous. If you are in the far inside left turn lane at a busy intersection, should you really try to cross to the right over 4 lanes? That probably is a recipe for a crash with other vehicles. Many of your fellow motorists may not see or hear the emergency vehicle and have no idea why you are veering to the right across multiple lanes of traffic. The best plan is probably one that recognizes some of the basic elements of defensive driving.

First, it is always a good idea to glance in your rear-view mirror on a regular basis. See what is going on behind you in traffic. Next, on a busy roadway, always be aware of vehicles to your right and left as well as vehicles possibly in your mirrors blind spots. If you are paying attention to these things, you are ready to safely deal with an approaching emergency vehicle.

When you hear the siren, or see the lights, try to ascertain whether it is possible to safely pull over to the right shoulder or lane and come to a stop. If it is not, or if you are already stopped at an intersection or turn lane, just STOP OR STAY STOPPED. That is the safest position for you, other motorists and the emergency vehicle. Simply coming to a complete halt allows the driver of the emergency vehicle to make decisions on how to navigate that particular roadway or intersection to avoid vehicles and continue on. Confused or nervous drivers that stay in motion, not knowing what to do or where to go are the drivers that usually collide with other motorists or the emergency vehicle in these situations.

In summary: When in doubt over what to do when confronted with a public safety vehicle on an emergency run, simply stop and let the emergency vehicle make the adjustment. If every driver follows this plan, emergency vehicles will be able to negotiate even the busiest streets and intersections while you and your passengers remain safe.

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