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  • onewahoo September 19, 2013 - 12:09 pm #87557 Reply

    What is the deal with fire trucks, ambulances, and police responding “CODE 3: Life-threat response. Emergency traffic, or simultaneous use of lights and siren required in order to achieve a rapid response. In most circumstances this does allow the responding unit to ignore jurisdictional traffic laws, but does not allow the responding unit operate without due regard to safety” at all hours?  At 4am is it really necessary for the aforementioned to respond with lights AND sirens?

    DB September 19, 2013 - 12:38 pm #87563 Reply

    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+46.2-920

    Va code requires them to use sirens with lights.

    onewahoo September 19, 2013 - 12:44 pm #87565 Reply

    “…vehicles exempted in this instance will not be required to sound a siren or any device to give automatically intermittent signals.”  Seems to me they aren’t required.  I grew up in McLean, next to fire department, and after 10pm they would respond with lights only.

    Narlington September 19, 2013 - 4:32 pm #87649 Reply

    You could always move back the Fairfax County

    DB September 19, 2013 - 7:06 pm #87668 Reply

    Read the rest of the code onewahoo the section you quote only applies to A.7 passing and overtaking not the other six sections.

    onewahoo September 19, 2013 - 8:17 pm #87675 Reply

    DB, if you want to point out where in that passage it says they MUST use lights and sirens feel free. I read it three times and couldn’t find anywhere that said they had to code 3.

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