Failing to yield the right of way to emergency vehicles can result in serious accidents or delays in the response times of emergency service staff.
According to the Texas Transportation Code, vehicles must yield the right of way for approaching emergency vehicles using audible and visual signals.
Drivers are supposed to get as close to the curb or sidewalk as possible, then stop and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.
Emergency vehicles include law enforcement, emergency medical services, and fire vehicles.
Drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles that have lights activated are also required to either slow down or change lanes. The law states a driver must either vacate the lane closest to the stopped emergency vehicle if the road has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction or slow down 20 mph below the speed limit.
Despite rolling over and landing in the parking lot of Uvalde Memorial Hospital, no one involved in a two-vehicle crash directly in front of the facility had to be treated in the emergency room. As Uvalde Police Department officers, Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members and Uvalde EMS paramedics were dispatched and began the process of clearing the crash scene, additional firefighters and Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputies headed to Knippa where a vehicle was engulfed in flames.
During a March 29 meeting of Uvalde County Commissioners, Wayne Beyer, of Beyer and Co., presented results of an independent audit of Uvalde County’s 2014-2015 budget. Beyer rendered an unqualified opinion – the best possible outcome – and said the budget is eligible for the CAFR (certificate of achievement for financial reporting) as awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
Expounding more on Beyer’s findings, Alice Chapman, county auditor, said that the county has $19,890,00 million in assets, $5,817,000 of which may be used to meet ongoing obligations.
“This is good because, worst case scenario, like we don’t receive any taxes for three months, we have enough cash assets that would take us through that period,” Chapman said. “And that’s a real positive.”
Mighty tugs require a strong group effort by Dalton Early Childhood Center pre-K students engaged in game of tug-of-war during field day. Relay races, hurdles, sprints and obstacle courses made up the events, which took place Friday morning at the 600 N. Fourth Street campus. Hundreds of parents, grandparents and others braved the cool, windy weather to cheer on students.
In advance of the May 24 primary election runoff, polling sites for Uvalde voters have been consolidated so that all city residents of eight city and immediate-area precincts will vote at the Willie De Leon Civic Center on election day. Uvalde County Commissioners approved the change on Monday morning at the request of Rogelio F. Muñoz and Maggie Gunn, who serve as chairmen of the Uvalde County Democratic and Republican parties, respectively.
A 2013 GMC Yukon remains overturned as Uvalde volunteer firefighters and Uvalde Police work the scene of a two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Roberts Lane and North Park Street. The accident occurred Monday afternoon. The driver of the 2011 Dodge Charger was taken to Uvalde Memorial Hospital.
Local veterans were recognized on Tuesday at the El Progreso Memorial Library during a Vietnam Veterans Day celebration. The event was hosted by El Progreso Memorial Library and coordinated by Uvalde County veteran services officer Everardo “Lalo” Zamora along with leadership from American Legion Post 26, American Legion Post 479, and the Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.