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PSA - "Please Abide, Move Aside"
updated: Jun 09, 2014, 12:32 PM

Source: SBC Fire

Many times, drivers panic or don't follow laws when they see an emergency vehicle approaching. They stop in front of ambulances or fire trucks or in the middle of intersections. Some won't stop at all. Others break the law by tailgating after them.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds motorists that a campaign called "Please Abide, Move Aside," is intended to remind drivers to give the right-of-way to emergency vehicles with their lights flashing and sirens blaring.

SIREN' helps drivers be aware

Public awareness campaign, "Please Abide, Move Aside," offers these tips, which spell out SIREN, for drivers when yielding to an emergency vehicle.

Stay alert: Keep the volume of your stereo down in your car. When you hear sirens, look in all directions in case more than one emergency vehicle is approaching.

Investigate: Estimate the closing speed of the emergency vehicle, check your rearview mirror and all directions to plan your next move.

React: Don't panic. Scan all directions before pulling over, and always use your turn signal.

Enter: Wait until the emergency vehicle passes completely. Look in all directions, turn on your signal and gradually merge back into traffic.

Never: Don't stop in the middle of intersections or in a place without enough room to pull over. Also, don't follow too closely, tailgate or try to outrun the emergency vehicle.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds motorists when you hear sirens or see red lights "Please Abide, Move Aside."


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