Idaho State Police spokesman said a tractor-trailer accident occurred involving an emergency vehicle. A patrol car reportedly exited Interstate 84 and attempted to turn left before checking for oncoming traffic. The patrol car slammed into an eastbound tractor-trailer. The trooper was running his sirens and lights to alert other drivers of his coming but failed to make sure it was safe to proceed through the intersection. At this time, the trooper remains on duty, pending the outcome of the investigation. Luckily, no one was injured in this accident but the patrol car was totaled.
Tips to Avoid an Accident with Emergency Vehicles
Drivers of emergency vehicles are to exercise due care but are not required to obey all traffic laws when in a hurry to get to an accident. Here are some tips to avoid a car accident with an emergency vehicle.
When an emergency vehicle approaches from behind, pull over to the side as soon as it is safe to do so. Even when attempting to move out of the way of an emergency vehicle, it is still very important to look for any other oncoming traffic such as a pedestrian or bicyclist.
If an emergency vehicle approaches from the front, still slow down and pull over to the side. Sometimes police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks have to drive on the wrong side of the road to avoid traffic. By pulling over, you give the necessary space to emergency vehicles to proceed.
In the event, you find yourself following an emergency vehicle, leave 300 to 500 feet in front of you for the following distance. Never tailgate an emergency vehicle as it could be very dangerous.
When an emergency vehicle is stopped in your lane, move over and proceed with extreme caution. It is when an emergency responder is required to stay in the follow of traffic that is becomes the most dangerous for them.
Emergency responders do not have an easy job. Always be cautious of them and be patient. Click the link for the Idaho Rules of the Road for authorized emergency or police vehicles.
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