Pay Attention and Please Pull Over Now for Emergency Vehicles!

by mphippen 18. March 2014 12:49

Laser Technology Asks All To Be Aware of Safety Needed on Highways"

All of us here at Laser Technology (LTI) fully understand the gravity of what we do. The executives, product designers, marketing team, engineering, production, and sales are united in our support of law enforcement by providing the most technologically advanced speed enforcement lasers in the world! We have numerous friends in the law enforcement community and many of them are customers that risk their lives daily.

Give officers and other emergency teams
room they need on highways when
working accidents or traffic incidents.

Kip Boone, one of our Production Technicians working in the Manufacturing department, saw a Denver TV station report on the number of State Troopers and city traffic enforcement teams that are involved in crashes from drivers failing to allow enough room while citing an errant driver. Kip, being well aware of our commitment to the law enforcement community, brought this report to our attention in the Marketing department so that we could share this with our readers.

”In less than a year, 29 Colorado state troopers on the side of highways were struck by passing vehicles. The Colorado State Patrol says that these incidents are not due to wet or icy roads or even nighttime driving. Most of the crashes occur during the day with fully marked patrol cars. The cause is simply careless, distracted driving.”

Pulling over and yielding to an emergency vehicle is not optional! Like most states Colorado has a ‘move-over’ law and any driver failing to comply will deservedly be ticketed. The Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-705 states:

(1) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making use of audible or visual signals meeting the requirements of section 42-4-213 or 42-4-222, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and where possible shall immediately clear the farthest left-hand lane lawfully available to through traffic and shall drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of a roadway clear of any intersection and shall stop and remain in that position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer.

This also applies to snow plows that often times deploy "echelon plowing as it's the quickest way for plow trucks to move snow off roadways. The method uses two or more plow trucks, each staggered behind the one in front…" Given snowy and/or icy conditions it's easy to misjudge the clearance of a semi-visible plow.

The news story's message is clear and succinct; slow down and focus on the road in front of you! Next time you see law enforcement or any other vehicle with emergency lights flashing either in front or behind you, please give them the room they need. Not only is it common sense and good manners, it's the law!

By-the-way make sure you catch up on the latest advances found in LTI's family of Traffic Safety lasers. The laser-based products cover everything from speed enforcement to crash investigation. Call 1.800.OWN.A.LTI or email us for a practical demonstration.

Read the full article here.

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