What To Do When You See Emergency Vehicles

Do you know what to do if you see an ambulance driving with flashing lights & sirens on?

You must yield the right-of-way to police vehicles, fire engines, ambulances or other emergency vehicles using sirens, air horns or red or blue flashing lights.

When you see or hear an emergency vehicle approaching from any direction you must pull over to the right edge of the road, or as near to the right as possible, and stop your vehicle. You must remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed, unless otherwise directed by state or local police or a firefighter.



“Move Over Law”

When an emergency vehicle is pulled over on any part of a highway or road, drivers must:

SLOW DOWN (below the posted speed limit) and...

Move their vehicle over one lane whenever it is safe to do so. This is required for vehicles with activated flashing lights including ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, tow trucks and road maintenance vehicles.

source: CT DMV

"Green Courtesy Lights"

Green Courtesy Lights are used to request right-of-way primarily by volunteer emergency medical technicians to expedite their drive in their privately owned vehicles, to their headquarters or the scene. Courtesy lights do not allow the user to disobey traffic laws such as speed limit, stop signs or stop lights.

If you see WAA members responding to a call in their private vehicles using a flashing green courtesy light - we will greatly appreciate you granting us the right-of-way. If at all possible, kindly pull off to the right of the road so we may safely proceed to the emergency call without delay.

Thank you!