LAS VEGAS - A viewer wants to know if drivers are supposed to stop when an emergency vehicle traveling in the opposite direction is rushing to a scene.
It's all about the median. If the median is merely painted, drivers in both directions have to pull over. If there is a solid concrete median separating the opposite directions, that's considered a divided road or highway. In that situation, only drivers traveling in the same direction as the emergency vehicle must pull over. Drivers in the opposite direction should, however, reduce speed.
When pulling over, pull over to the right side of the road, parallel to the curb, and make sure you are clear of any intersection. Stay in a complete stop until the emergency vehicle has completely passed.
The goal is for emergency responders to get to their location and those in need as quickly as possible. Drivers are also urged to not increase speed when emergency vehicles are present. Don't ever ignore an emergency vehicle and continue to drive either. Turning off or lowering the volume on your radio can also help you hear when emergency vehicles are present.
Finally, give the emergency vehicle a buffer lane to work. If you can't safely change over one lane, you're encouraged to drop your speed.
What's driving you crazy? You can e-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Brian Loftus.