Police in Wyoming, Minnesota, have issued a timely reminder for drivers about how to act when a squad car is on the way to an emergency.
Wyoming PD said that some of its officers were delayed getting to an emergency on Friday night because drivers ahead on the road were refusing to pull over.
The emergency was a serious one: a motorist was pulled over for a traffic stop by another law enforcement agency and got out of their car with a shotgun in hand, refusing to drop it.
Fortunately they surrendered peacefully, but the police department says its response was delayed because of inconsiderate drivers.
"Our officers responses to a life threatening situation were delayed due to people refusing to pull over and come to a complete stop for an emergency vehicle with lights and sirens activated," the department wrote on Facebook.
"When you see an emergency vehicle approaching, you MUST pull over and come to a stop. Not pull over and keep slow rolling. Pull over and STOP," it explained.
"The only exception is if you’re on a divided roadway and the emergency vehicle is on the other side."
"Someday the person calling for help might be you, or your brother, sister, parents, or other loved ones. You’re going to want us to get there as fast as possible. Please don’t delay our response by selfishly refusing to move over."
As well as moving over for emergency vehicles approaching behind you, Minnesota also has the Ted Foss Move Over Law, that states on roads with two or more lanes, drivers must move at least one lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated.
This not only applies to squad cars, fire trucks and ambulances, but also maintenance and construction vehicles.