Here’s a scenario that could happen to you during your travels:
You approach an intersection, and you have the green light. Suddenly, you hear a siren and look to see an ambulance approaching the same intersection from another direction.
You know the ambulance has a red light. What do you do?
According to the State of Wisconsin’s Rules of the Road, section 346.19, “Upon the approach of an authorized emergency vehicle giving audible signal by siren, the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive such vehicle to a position as near as possible and parallel to the right curb on the right hand edge of the shoulder of the roadway, clear of any intersection and, unless otherwise directed by a traffic officer, shall stop and remain standing in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed”. Failure to yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle can result in a fine.
When faced with a situation like the one given above, remember these tips:
Remembering these simple ideas will allow emergency vehicles to pass by safely and get to those in need of help as soon as possible.