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Sec. 545.156 TC Vehicle Approached by Authorized Emergency Vehicle.
(a) On the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle using audible
and visual signals that meet the requirements of Sections 547.305 and 547.702,
or of a police vehicle lawfully using only an audible signal, an operator, unless
otherwise directed by a police officer, shall:
(1) yield the right-of-way;
(2) immediately drive to a position parallel to and as close as possible to the
right-hand edge or curb of the roadway clear of any intersection; and
(3) stop and remain standing until the authorized emergency vehicle has
(b) This section does not exempt the operator of an authorized emergecny vehicle
from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the
What does it all mean?
Drivers MUST move to the far right lane (closest to the curb or edge of roadway) which is not in front of an intersection and come to a COMPLETE STOP until the emergency vehicle has passed. This would include yeilding the right of way to emergency vehicles that are on-coming or are approaching from the rear.