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How To Respond To Emergency Vehicles

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With the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season, it's more important than ever to be mindful of your surroundings, especially when driving on roadways with emergency vehicles.

On Tuesday, I spoke with a Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Officer Bryan Knief on how residents should respond to emergency vehicles, such as police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks.

Emergency vehicles will always stay on the left side of the road, and cars should yield to the right and make a complete stop.

"Make sure you are paying attention on the road, and if you see the lights and sirens try to yield, to your best, to the right side of the road. You never know it could be your family member that they are responding to," said Knief.

If residents are stopped at a traffic light and cant yield right away, the best precaution is to stay parked at the light.

Victoria Fire Department Operations Captain Jennifer Dailey says if residents don't respond to the fire trucks or ambulances, it could delay response time.

VPD says with Thanksgiving and Black Friday coming up, traffic will increase on the north side of Navarro. Officer Knief says residents should minimize distractions on the road.

"When you get in your vehicle, pay attention when you're driving from point a to point b. Its something I would strongly suggest. Just try to get your destination safely, and that phone can or that text can wait unit you get there," said Knief.

If drivers fail to yield the right of way for an emergency vehicle, you can receive a citation.

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