Woman Dies In Crash After Failing To Pull Over

Jim Luff
Posted on October 1, 2014
When you hear sirens, PULL OVER! This past weekend, a Bakersfield, Calif., woman was killed when she collided with a Kern County Sheriff's patrol car responding with lights and sirens to a fellow deputy's call for assistance.

 
Too often, vehicles fail to yield the right of way to emergency vehicles. There is a tendency to believe an emergency vehicle traveling the opposite direction poses no reason to pull over. However, the law mandates that you pull over anytime an emergency vehicle is present with lights and siren activated. The reason is the emergency vehicle may need to make a left hand turn directly in your path, and it is also possible that due to raised center medians, the vehicle may need to make a U-turn behind you and come from behind.
 
Your best bet is, when you hear sirens, pull over and stop as soon as practical and do not proceed until you no longer hear sirens or see flashing lights.

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