by Ray Pauley
Public Information Officer, Grand Island Fire Co.
Grand Island Fire Chief Kevin Koch reminds residents that the new vehicular and traffic legislation, effective Jan. 1, requires drivers to move over for "stopped, parked or standing" emergency vehicles.
This revision of sec. 1144a of the V&T law requires motor vehicle operators to exercise "due care" while moving into another traffic lane in order to avoid any possible collision. Koch points out that although most drivers know that they must yield the right of way to emergency vehicles, this new legislation will increase scene safety for firefighters and medics who may be in the roadway moving EMS patients, extricating motor vehicle accident victims, or conducting firefighting operations.
Koch urges all motor vehicle operators to exercise careful and cautious driving habits and move over to a safe distance as soon as they observe any emergency vehicle on or near the roadway. As such, your cooperation will help GIFC firefighters and medics perform their critical firefighting and lifesaving duties within a safe environment.