Clear the road for emergency vehicles - or else!

THE owner of a black Mitsubishi is in for an unwelcome letter from the police after failing to get out of the way of a police car with lights and sirens going.

The incident, which police from the Richmond Local Area Command say delayed a response to an incident, has prompted a reminder to motorists that they must move out of the way for emergency vehicles that have their lights and sirens going.

Failing to do so is not only delays an emergency response to potentially life-threatening situations, it's also an offence.

Posting on their Facebook page, police said motorists were generally quick to get out of the way for emergency vehicles, but sometimes they didn't, such as the incident with the Mitsubishi last Friday.

"Ballina Police were responding to an urgent call and had to drive from Wollongbar to Lighthouse Beach, Ballina," officers posted on Facebook.

"A black Mitsubishi refused to move to the left lane preventing police from passing for a considerable distance.

"Police recorded the registration and this matter is being followed up."


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