What should drivers do when passing the scene of a fire?

What should drivers do when passing the scene of a fire?

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Police pulled Diana Lynn over on Friday night after she passed emergency vehicles on the side of the road.

A fire truck and two police cars were parked on the shoulder of Virginia Avenue following a residential fire.

The fire truck’s lights were flashing, but Lynn said nobody was directing traffic.

She slowly proceeded.  

“I safely tried to go by and then the fire truck did its air horn so of course, I moved out of the way. Not even two seconds later, I’ve got an LED flashlight shining through my windshield in my face, blinding me. I’m like, ‘What did I do wrong?’” Lynn said.  

Police said that if an emergency vehicle is driving behind you with flashers on, slowly pull over towards the right side of the road, if possible.  

When these vehicles are pulled over to the side of the road, Sgt. Pete Kirkpatrick of the Springfield police said the law is fairly specific.

“The law says you have to get to the left lane. If that’s not possible, you need to slow down to at least 5 miles per hour below the posted speed limit as you pass.  That is not to say we don’t want people to use common sense,” Kirkpatrick says.

Aside from police, fire, and ambulance, Oregon DOT and tow trucks are also considered emergency vehicles in Oregon.