“See the light … move to the right.”
In Vermont, all motorists—including bicyclists—must yield to any emergency vehicle. This means that motorists must pull to the right as far as possible and come to a complete stop. Many people simply pull to the right but continue at a slower speed, which creates a greater hazard for everyone, and such actions are in violation of the law.
Some motorists seem confused about what they need to do when driving on a road with two lanes going in the same direction. Do not pull to the left. Motorists must still pull to the right as far as possible to allow the emergency vehicle(s) to pass on the left. When motorists do not comply with this law, they slow the response of emergency vehicle(s) getting to someone in need of help.
Emergency vehicles in Vermont are any vehicles displaying blue or red lights that may or may not be sounding a siren and are being driven by police personnel, ambulance personnel, fire department personnel, volunteer firefighters, and/or emergency medical services personnel. Emergency vehicles are also those that are used in rescue operations, including personal vehicles displaying emergency lights.
Motorists are required to slow down and use caution when approaching a stationary vehicle displaying the same emergency lights as described above, to include amber lights of tow-and-repair vehicles. If on a four-lane highway and it is safe to do so, motorists are required to make a lane change.
For more information, please contact Colchester Police Department’s Officer Kye Richter at (802) 264-5555, or contact the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles at (802) 828-2000. The community is also encouraged to visit the Move Over, America website.
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