DON’T BE TOO DISTRACTED TO FOLLOW THE LAW!
As a precaution, once your car is off to the side of the road, keep your foot on the brake to let emergency drivers know that you have stopped. It should also be noted that one must stay at least 500 feet behind any moving emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights and or sounding a siren.
What happens if you don’t notice the flashing lights, hear the siren, or the shoulder is too narrow to pull your car over? Well, for one young man it resulted in a felony charge!
When a police car instructed a student at Saginaw Valley State University to pull over, DaJuan Wallace waited to stop until he came across a Sam’s Club parking lot. A native of Detroit, Wallace was “taught to find a well-lit area to pullover in.” Wallace continued travelling at 35 mph after the officer flashed his lights, and eventually pulled over. He arrested Wallace on the spot. For his caution, authorities in Saginaw County, Michigan, have decided to charge Wallace with fleeing the scene and eluding arrest-a felony.
Numerous other occasions where drivers are distracted and did not hear the sirens or notice the flashing lights, have resulted in serious car accidents like this one.