MACON, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT) — Emergency Services Safety Week begins today in hopes of preventing EMS personnel from being hit by careless drivers.
All drivers must obey the passing law, which states that they must give way to emergency vehicles. Fire Chief Shane Edwards stresses the importance of obeying traffic laws.
“For us here in Georgia, the right-of-way law says that if there’s an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, whether it’s a fire truck, a sheriff’s truck, an ambulance or a construction worker, if there’s an emergency vehicle on the side of the road with flashing lights on, then the right-of-way law states that you must move in one lane to protect the people in the roadway.’
Between January and October of this year, 38 traffic officers were hit by vehicles, and many more suffered life-changing injuries, according to the Emergency Services Safety Institute.
Georgia’s “Transition Law” is named after GDOT operator hero Spencer Paz. He was hit and killed in 2011 by a passing car while helping a motorist to the side of the road.