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3/12/04 - Tyler

Drivers Not Obeying Emergency Vehicle Laws

  Firefighters say it's getting harder, and taking longer for them to drive to an emergency situation. They say it's because motorists are not following the rules of yielding the right of way to fire trucks. Emergency officials say everyday, they deal with the problem of drivers' ignoring emergency vehicles -- not just fire trucks, but ambulances and police vehicles too.

"Almost every run that we make that we have a case where drivers do not pull over and just keep running with us and trying to out-run us," Danny Bristow, driver/engineer with the Tyler Fire Dept., said. "Getting onto Troup Highway here, they will, instead of stopping, letting us get on, they'll say, well, if I can get in front of them, then I won't have to slow down."

Texas law says drivers must pull all the way to the right, as close to the curb as possible, and come to a complete stop until the emergency vehicle passes. If an emergency vehicle is stopped on the side of the road, you must slow down to 20 miles per hour under the posted speed limit.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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