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Question: I see in the Sun from time to time that someone has pleaded guilty to “failure to give right of way to emergency stopped vehicle.” Can you explain what that charge means and offer some advice on that subject to help folks become better drivers? Answer: There are several aspects to the statute involving drivers operating in the vicinity of emergency vehicles (i.e. police, fire, ambulances). The key requirements are as follows: 1) When approached by an emergency vehicle with its emergency equipment activated, drivers should move to the side of the road, stop, and remain there until the emergency vehicle passes. 2) Drivers should not drive less than 500 feet behind an emergency vehicle with its emergency equipment activated. 3) Drivers should not drive over an unprotected fire department hose that has been laid down on the road in connection with an emergency response (i.e. fire or fire alarm, etc.). 4) When approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with its emergency equipment activated, drivers should attempt to move to a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency vehicle (only when there are two or more lanes traveling in the same direction and it is safe to do so) or reduce speed if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe. Source: KRS 189.930, Right of way to emergency vehicles If you have a question you’d like to ask the Versailles Police Department, please email it to john@woodfordsun.com.

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