OPD reminding drivers to yield to emergency vehicles

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MIDLAND, TEXAS – AUGUST 31: Police officers investigate the scene where a gunman was shot and killed at Cinergy Odessa movie theater on August 31, 2019 in Midland, Texas. Officials say the unidentified suspect killed 5 people and injured 21 in Midland and nearby Odessa. (Photo by Cengiz Yar/Getty Images)

ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Odessa Police are sending a friendly reminder to drivers that they need to yield to emergency vehicles.

According to the department, officers issued several citations for passing emergency vehicle-vacate lane/lower speed last year.

Additionally, Police say they had several instances where officers were nearly struck while working traffic stops or crashes.

Here are the steps the OPD wants you to know:

1) Motorists must drive 20 mph below the posted speed limit when passing an emergency vehicle in the closest lane or move over an additional lane and continue at the posted speed.

2) If the posted speed limit is below 25 mph, the driver must slow down to 5 mph when passing an
emergency vehicle in the closest lane or move over an additional lane and continue at the posted speed.

3) This law applies to all police vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, TXDOT vehicles, and tow trucks.

4) Failing to move over or slow down while passing an emergency vehicle can result in a fine of up to $160.

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