Traffic Tip Tuesday!
The roads are a little more narrow due to the snow we've accumulated so we thought now would be the perfect time for a safety tip.
According to Alaska Statute 28.35.185, if a driver of a vehicle approaches an emergency vehicle (police or fire) that is sitting stationary with its emergency lights on, they are required by law to do the following:
1) If there are two or more lanes traveling in the same direction, vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle.
2) If they are unable to safely vacate the closest lane, they must slow down to a reasonable and prudent speed given traffic, roadway and weather conditions.
This statute also applies if you are approaching a tow truck in the act of picking up a vehicle or an animal control vehicle being used to perform official duties.
What does this mean in non-legal mumble jumble? If you are driving and come across a police car, fire truck, ambulance, etc. and our emergency lights are on, you are required to move over if you can safely do so. If you can’t move over due to a safety or traffic reason, please SLOW DOWN! Far too many police officers are injured or killed each year because they are hit by passing motorists.
Not doing so will earn you a $150 citation and two points on your license. If you injure someone, it becomes a criminal charge. Please help keep us safe so we can go home to our families at the end of each shift! 💙🚓🚑🚒❤️