As you hit the roads, Missouri State Highway Patrol warns you to keep an eye in your rearview mirror for flashing lights. Sergeant Brent Bernhardt with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says inattention is the leading cause of traffic crashes in Missouri.
That includes talking on your cellphone and listening to the radio loudly, making drivers easily distracted. So much so that they don't see or hear an on-coming emergency vehicle.
But when one of those vehicles do approach you, Bernhardt says to take the time and move out of the way.
"If we had an emergency involving our family we would want those emergency personnel to get to our family as quickly as possible. So that's one good reason why we need to be so attentive in paying attention to those types of things happening when we're traveling on the roadway," said Bernhardt.
The law in Missouri states that if you see an emergency vehicle approaching you in any direction, you must pull to the right and come to a complete stop and wait for them to pass.
Before you pull back onto the road, be sure and look behind you again and make sure there's no additional emergency vehicles following.
A new law put into place this past August includes Missouri Department of Transportation vehicles, displaying flashing amber or white lights, stopped roadside.
"While they're working we have to yield the right of way to them and do the same as what we would do for an emergency services vehicle," added Bernhardt.
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