What do different colored flashing lights mean on personal vehicles?
These lights are only to be used in the event of an emergency operation. The people who display and use these lights must have written permission from the authorized chief officer of the organization for which they are volunteering. A flashing blue light indicates a volunteer fire fighter responding to an emergency call. A flashing green light indicates a volunteer ambulance service member responding to an emergency call.
What should I do when approaching an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the road?
A new New York State law went into effect Jan. 1, 2011 that requires drivers to exercise “due care” when approaching police and other emergency vehicles pulled over on the side of the road. Dubbed the “Move Over Law,” the measure is intended to get drivers to use caution and move from the traffic lane closest to the shoulder when a vehicle — including ambulances and fire trucks — is stopped and is flashing its red and white lights.
View the state’s public service announcement regarding the new law: