As in most states, the law in New Hampshire requires drivers to pull right and stop for emergency vehicles. NH RSA 265:8 states:
"VI. A driver of a vehicle being driven on the ways of this state upon the approach from any direction of an emergency vehicle with the siren or flashing light in operation shall turn immediately as far as possible toward the right-hand side of the way and shall bring his vehicle to a standstill until such emergency vehicle has passed.
Upon the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle making use of an audible or visual signal, every pedestrian shall yield the right-of-way to the authorized emergency vehicle..."
NH RSA 265:33 states:
"Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making use of audible or visual signals or of a police vehicle properly and lawfully making use of an audible or visual signal, 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 roadway clear of any intersection and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer."
Violation of these statutes could lead to a fine of $74.40.
While all Service personnel are trained and experienced in emergency driving we depend upon other drivers to act sensibly and follow the rules of the road to allow us to safely transport patients. Increasing your speed to stay ahead of an ambulance, tailgating us or failing to pull over can all risk our and your safety. Please, pull right!