New PSA urges drivers to move aside for emergency vehicles

The City and County of Honolulu’s Emergency Medical Services is releasing a new public service announcement asking drivers to pull to the side for emergency vehicles responding with lights and sirens.

The PSA, which will air on local television stations, says moving over will allow paramedics, emergency medical technicians and all first responders to arrive at their destinations in a timely and safe manner.

The act is also required by law.

According to Hawaii’s traffic code, “(a) Except as otherwise provided by county ordinance, upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making use of audible and visual signals, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position clear of any intersection and parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right hand edge or curb of the highway or the nearest edge or curb when the highway has multiple lanes or when the highway is a divided highway or one-way street and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle is passed, except as otherwise directed by a police officer.

(b) This section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway.”

Violators are required to pay a $97 fine.

Emergency officials held a press conference Thursday.

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