From: Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha
Minnesota State Patrol
Question: What is the proper procedure if you are stopped at a red light and an emergency vehicle with its lights and siren activated comes up behind you? Where do you go to get out of the way?
Answer: As frustrating and tempting as it may be to pull into the intersection with a red light — DO NOT. Other people cannot run a red light based on an emergency vehicle’s siren and/or emergency lights, so they have to wait until the light turns green and then go, and then move over to the right if possible.
If you have enough room while stopped, you should pull over to the right shoulder or left shoulder (if on multi-lane road- way—which is legal) as long as it doesn’t require you to enter the intersection.
While responding to emergencies, I have observed drivers trying to squeeze into the intersection in an attempt to create room for the emergency vehicle, but that is not safe or recommended.
At a red light, if it’s not possible to pull over, drivers should patiently wait until the light turns green and it is legal and safe to pull into the intersection and out of the way of the emergency vehicle.