(7-5-17) Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reminds motorists that the Ohio Revised Code 4511.45 requires all vehicles to yield the right of way to public safety vehicles. Public safety vehicles are Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement vehicles using emergency flashing red or blue lights and sirens. The law requires you to stop as close as possible to the right side of the roadway and remain in that position until the public safety vehicle has passed.

The Sheriff’s Office has received complaints regarding vehicles that refuse to yield to emergency vehicles. Vehicles that do not stop and/or pull to the right of the roadway may be charged with a misdemeanor of the fourth degree on a first offense. Maximum penalty is $250 fine and 30 days in jail. Sheriff Grey reminds motorists to drive safely and allow those responding to emergencies get to their destination safely as well, they may be responding to help someone you know.