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Ask A Cop: What Should I Do if I'm Stuck in an Intersection And A Fire Truck is Barreling Toward Me?

Is it legal to run the red light if a fire truck is behind you?

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By Brad Kava

Question from a Patch Reader:

Is legal for you roll through a red light to make room for a responding emergency vehicle? I see a lot of folks will not get out if the way or make room for the emergency vehicle to pass.

Answer from CHP Officer Bradley Sadek:

It is not legal to roll into the intersection to make way for an emergency vehicle. The best thing to do at this point, if you can't move to the right, is to just stay put. This will allow the emergency personnel to determine the best and safest way around you.

Send your law enforcement questions to Brad.Kava@Patch.com

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