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Michael Kershaw, Fargo, Published May 25 2013

Letter: Stiffen penalty for failure to yield

I agree that it is important to pull over when you hear fire sirens because you can delay the firetruck from its destination. Because of the delay of the firetrucks, more deaths could result. It is disrespectful to the firefighters and the people in need.

According to Fargo’s Traffic Code Section 8-0116.A, “Upon approach of an authorized emergency vehicle giving an audible signal by bell, siren, or exhaust whistle, or displaying a visible flashing red or white light, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the street, clear of any intersection, and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.”

Fargo police should, if available, have an officer follow the firetrucks and if a driver doesn’t pull over, the officer should stop them and cite them. People are now fined only $50 in North Dakota for failing to yield. Do you think $50 is equal to someone’s life? I think it should be $50 for each yard that they don’t stop.

Let’s work together to save lives.