Questions Posted to "Ask a Dispatcher"
Q. Where can i find the city statue on emergency vehicle lighting for personal vehicles? I just want to know what is legal and what isnt legal when responding to fire calls. Thanks
Dear Juneau Resident,
Sure, here you go. A summary is that private vehicles, not official police and fire vehicles, are supposed to yield to the flashing blue light volunteer firefighters use. It is always safest to assume people will not see and yield to your light. You are still required to drive defensively.
72.02.140 - Approaching authorized emergency vehicle or vehicle using blue light.
Upon the approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making use of a visual signal meeting the requirements of section 72.04.090 and audible signals meeting the requirements of subsection 72.04.210(d), or a police vehicle making use of either a visual or an audible signal, the driver of every vehicle proceeding in any direction shall yield the right-of-way by slowing and pulling to the righthand edge of the roadway, clear of an intersection and stopping, to await passage of the emergency vehicle.
Except for a driver of an authorized emergency vehicle responding to an emergency, a driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way as provided in subsection (a) of this section to a vehicle displaying a flashing blue light as prescribed in section 72.04.100. The vehicle displaying a flashing blue light shall yield the right-of-way to an authorized emergency vehicle which is responding to an emergency.
The provisions of this section do not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle or a vehicle displaying a flashing blue light from the duty to drive with regard for the safety of all persons using the highways.