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First responders urging drivers to pay attention to road this holiday weekend

First responders urging drivers to pay attention to road this holiday weekend

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

More drivers on the road this weekend because of Labor Day and local first responders say if you are traveling on streets around town, look out for emergency vehicles.

Recently, there have been situations where fire trucks and ambulances have had to slow down or stop completely while heading to an emergency call because drivers are not paying attention, according to Rural/Metro Firefighters.

Authorities said it could be potentially dangerous because it could lead to accidents and also keep first responders from getting to an emergency quickly when every second counts.

Officials said they are noticing some drivers distracted with their heads down possibly looking at cell phones are answering phone calls then having to swerve quickly when they see the emergency vehicle passing through.

Additionally, firefighters said drivers may also try to anticipate where a fire truck or ambulance may be heading, but end up getting in the emergency vehicles way.

Rural/Metro Public Information Officer and Captain, Grant Cesarek, recommends drivers avoid distractions and pull over to the side of the road until an emergency vehicle is able to pass through.

Drivers in Southern Arizona could be ticketed and cited if they are caught failing to yield to an emergency response vehicle.

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