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  1. E60 M5

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    The penalties for not slowing down or moving over for emergency vehicles has gone up to reckless driving charge in VA, just FYI.

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    Drivers who fail to slow down or move over for emergency vehicles stopped with flashing lights will now be facing a reckless driving charge, the same as someone speeding over 80 miles per hour.
     
  2. energy88

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    Thanks for posting. Wonder whether the new law addresses cases where the left lane is so crowded it is impossible to move over into it when passing a stopped emergency vehicle?
     
  3. NbyNW

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    Then slow down... use hazard lights. Just don’t cruise by at speed.

    Just returned from out west pulling a trailer and it’s easier with long open roads. Even there it’s tough. I was passing an 18 wheeler and around the bend was action on the side of the road with guys working on a big truck. Luckily there was pavement past the rumble strip, I moved over it and the 18 wheeler moved halfway in my lane. Stuff happens fast.
     
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  4. Challenge

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    COPS need to stop parking with the nose of the car well into the right lane when doing traffic stops. These idiots are creating safety problems when their charter is supposedly the safety of motorists.
     
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    I was hoping this was gonna be about slow drivers in the left lane!
     
  6. energy88

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    Dude, do you even know why that's done? Also that the OP is a first responder? Thirdly..."idiots?"...really?
     
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    Get off your high horse. Yes, police will tell you, like many of their protocols, that it is either for their safety or yours. But parking a car with the nose sometimes several feet into a lane of flowing traffic is dangerous as hell. Too many times I have been driving the speed limit or with the flow of traffic and encountered a traffic stop just over the crest of a hill or around a blind corner where the cop has the nose of his car several feet into the right lane. A few times I have been in the right lane with another car beside me. In these cases I cannot swerve left and my only option is to slam on brakes--risking being rear-ended. This is idiotic because the cop is needlessly creating a very dangerous situation. The alternative is to park well off the road in the shoulder (like cops expect us to do) then approach the passenger side of the car.

    OP is a fireman and I don't ever recall seeing the scenario described above executed by a fireman. Stop trying to create conflict where there is none.
     
  9. E60 M5

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    Actually, we do park at angle as to deflect the fire engine away from the "scene" if struck and to create a barrier as we work. The rule is block all lanes affected, plus 1 extra lane.
     
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  10. dahveedem

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    You also know why they always touch the car walking up to you as well?

    So their fingerprints are on it should you run and they are incapacitated in some manner.

    Sis in law is a state trooper. All kinds of interesting stories.

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  11. Solid State

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    Had a cop once lay a clipboard on my window sill on a DD. Found it disrespectful but maybe he wasn't a car guy. Cops have a tough job and I am on their side. My dad was NYPD for 22 years and he was a mounted policeman as in rode a horse. This was in the 1950's. Someone in a crowd punched him in the leg and scared his horse that then fell back on him badly injuring his kidney. Many years later he died of kidney cancer and the previously injured kidney was found to be one giant tumor.
     
  12. pilotoCS

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    Cool. I never knew about the touching of the car to leave fingerprints. Thanks for sharing.
     
  13. NbyNW

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    I knew that and got a ticket a few years ago. Watched the officer in the mirror and he quickly touched the back of the suv as he approached.
     

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