Rules of The Road With Emergency Vehicles

By Stephanie Parkinson

March 20, 2012 Updated Mar 20, 2012 at 5:31 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – As an investigation is underway in a fatal crash involving an Allen County Sheriff’s deputy Indiana’s NewsCenter looked into different emergency vehicle policies in northeast Indiana.

For more details on the crash click here.

The state code is what most agencies use but some do have even stricter policies. The Fort Wayne Fire Department, the Indiana State Police and the Allen County Sheriff's Department all have policies very similar to the state's code.

What that means for the person driving an emergency vehicle, with their lights and sirens on, is they can go through a red light but only after slowing down enough for them continue safely.

Although that's what the state calls for, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority's policy says drivers must come to a complete stop at any red light or stop sign, and they must make eye contact with cross traffic before going through the intersection.

Fort Wayne's Police Department also has a slightly stricter policy. In addition to what the state calls for their policy says an officer driving with their lights and sirens on ‘should be prepared to stop’ when coming to a red light.

Right now 36-year old Mark Sickafoose is on paid medical leave from the department. At this time the department will not say if Sickafoose will be back on duty after he recovers from his injuries. They say more has to be done with the investigation before those calls are made.

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