Friday, November 13, 2015

Traffic stanstill caused by an accident: pull to the right, stop

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Sometimes it's kind of hard to
move to the right. Stop is okay.

Pacifica Tribune "Letters to the Editor", 11/11/15.  "Stuck in Calera Parkway traffic" by Alec Moss 

"A recent letter writer mentioned being stuck in a traffic standstill because of an accident in Pacifica. 

Have they never been at a standstill on a four lane freeway? Regarding emergency vehicle access, on a one lane (each way) road, the traffic simply pulls over to the breakdown lane or shoulder or the curb, and stops! On a road with multiple lanes in each direction, every driver must move to the right - and stop!.

Here’s the law: (a)(1) Except as required under paragraph (2), the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to the right-hand edge or curb of the highway, clear of any intersection, and thereupon shall stop and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed. (b)The real problem with emergency vehicle access is drivers not paying attention or not obeying the law. It has very little to do with the number of lanes."

Note: photograph by Paul Chinn is from San Francisco Chronicle.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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