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Failing to Yield for emergency vehicles could cost a pretty penny

Failing to Yield for emergency vehicles could cost a pretty penny

WEST RICHLAND, Wash. — The West Richland police are asking drivers from all corners to pull over if you see flashing lights.

Because if you don't it's going to cost you.

A ticket for failing to yield to an Emergency vehicle of any kind will set you back $1062 in the State of Washington.

West Richland Police Officer Daniel Grimes told Action News the issue happens more often than they'd like, and said drivers need to pull off to the right as soon as they see the flashing lights.

He said merely switching lanes and slowing down isn't just rude.

It's dangerous.

"We're trying to get there at a high rate of speed, but we're trying to do so in a safe and effective manner," he explained. "We don't want to cause an accident. And if we can't get there, we can't be much good. Let us by, and you can go about your day. It only takes a few seconds."

Officer Grimes said the law also applies to drivers heading the opposite direction of first-responders if there's not a cement barrier between your lanes.

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