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References: Steve wrote:
>> Vince Brannigan wrote:
>>> Steve wrote:
>>>> Vince Brannigan wrote:
>>>>> Safety note, unrelated to debate
>>>>> not in the USA if it's a fire truck In general only police
>>>>> officers have the authority to overrule traffic signals for
>>>>> civilian vehicles.
>>>> ok. I said I was through but this is too much. SAW ME ONE CODE
>>>> SECTION THAT SAYS THIS.
>>> I think you said you were a georgia lawyer
>>> My records say this is the georgia code
>>> (a) The driver of any vehicle shall obey the instructions of
>>> an official traffic-control device applicable thereto, placed in
>>> accordance with this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a
>>> police officer, subject to the exceptions granted the driver of
>>> an authorized emergency vehicle in this chapter.
>>> The driver of an emergency vehicle can go through the light but only
>>> a police officer can direct a civilian vehicle to disobey the signal
>> You should be more careful of your reading of the GA code.
>> (a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle
>> or a vehicle belonging to a federal, state, or local law
>> enforcement agency making use of an audible signal and visual
>> signals meeting the requirements of Code Section 40-6-6, 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 or law enforcement vehicle has
>> passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer.
>> (b) This Code section shall not operate to relieve the driver of
>> any authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due
>> regard for the safety of all persons using the highway.
>> No person shall fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or
>> direction of any police officer, fireman, police volunteer
>> authorized under Code Section 35-1-11, or school-crossing guard
>> designated by a local law enforcement agency invested by law with
>> authority to direct, control, or regulate traffic.
>> So the Fireman can stand there and direct traffic in disregard for
>> the traffic control devices in place.
> This section gives no authority. e.g. what makes it a "lawful order
> " to go through a red light on the command of a school crossing guard?
> can they make them "police officers" under the statute or does it
> just mean that if they say "don't park here" it becomes unlawful to
> the power to make something other wise lawful unlawful for the
> duration of an emergency is not the same as the power to make what is
> unlawful lawful
The code section does not limit it to police officers, it goes on to list
the crossing guard or fireman. And using your argument then there is a
problem with what is a lawful order by even the police officer . I suppose
you think you can drive past the fireman when the light turns green and
drive over the firehoses and down the street.
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