Move to the Right for Lights and Sirens

2/19/2019 1:34 PM
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February 19, 2019 Public Service Announcement

Move to the Right for Lights and Sirens

EL PASO, Texas – During an emergency situation, every second counts. The community can help our first responders arrive as quickly and safely as possible to their destination by moving to the right for lights and sirens.

Drivers must yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle. Failure to do so can cause serious accidents or delays in emergency vehicles arriving at the scene of an emergency. There are some simple rules to follow when you’re on the road and encounter an emergency vehicle:


• Stay calm.

• Pull to the right and come to a complete stop.

• If you’re traveling on a high-speed road or if there is no room to stop, slow down as much as possible.

• If you are in the left lane, pull over into the right lane as traffic in the lane to your right moves over.

• When an emergency vehicle approaches you from behind while you are stopped at an intersection, stay

where you are unless you can pull to the right.

• Be careful, slow down and change lanes when driving by any situation where emergency vehicles are

parked and the first-responders are working.

• Drivers should stay at least 500 feet behind emergency vehicles.


• Don’t stop in the middle lane when there is room to pull to the right.

• Don’t pull to the left in the center lane or left turn lane.

• Don’t race ahead to make the green light or turn before the emergency vehicle gets there.

• Don’t turn quickly to the left onto a street or driveway.

• Don’t drive through a red light or stop sign when an emergency vehicle approaches from behind.

• Don’t ignore the presence of the emergency vehicle by continuing to drive.

The cooperation of ALL vehicles on the roadway is an essential part of an emergency response. To learn more about the Fire Department, residents are encouraged to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Media Contact: Enrique D. Aguilar
Fire Public Information Officer
(915) 212-5665