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We all know the rules - if you're driving along and you see the blue lights in your mirror, you figure out where they're coming from and get the hell out of the way, right?
Well, it turns out that there are rules that you can't break even in those situations, even though you might be trying to do the right thing.
Obviously, this shouldn't stop you getting out of the way in a safe and legal manner, but maybe have a bit of a think if getting out of the way could land you with a fine.
Firstly, if you can get out of the way into a bus lane, you might want to rethink that.
Even though you're just giving way down the bus lane and letting the police, ambulance, or fire engine get on with their business, you may still be fined if you're caught on camera.
The same applies for stopping in a yellow-boxed junction, or going through a red light.
They're still traffic offences, no matter how good the reasoning behind it is.
Whilst the fines for driving in bus lanes during usage hours varies around the country, the penalty for running a red light could see you slapped with a fine of £1,000 and six penalty points on your licence.
So, if you're caught by a traffic camera whilst doing these things, you can still expect to be held liable for the fine that comes with it.
The Highway Code reads: "You should look and listen for ambulances, fire engines, police, doctors or other emergency vehicles using flashing blue, red or green lights and sirens, or flashing headlights, or traffic officer and incident support vehicles using flashing amber lights."
However, the code then sets out the appropriate way to do that.
Don't stop on the brow of a hill, on a narrow bit of road, or on a bend, for example.
Crucially, don't panic.
The code continues: "Do not endanger yourself, other road users or pedestrians and avoid mounting the kerb.
"Do not brake harshly on approach to a junction or roundabout, as a following vehicle may not have the same view as you."
Committing any of the above offences could be classed as 'endangering other road users' and may still be punishable with a fine and penalty points.
If you want more information on how to react and deal with the situation, head to Blue Light Aware to find out more.
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