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Paramedics urge drivers to move over, slow down

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Local paramedics are speaking out in hopes more drivers will move over for emergency vehicles.

Dani Balk has been a critical care paramedic for nearly 10 years. She said in recent years she's noticed fewer people moving over for emergency vehicles. She said that can be frustrating for paramedics trying to do their job.

"There are a lot of people that don't hear us," said Balk.

Iowa does have a Move Over or Slow Down law in place, meaning drivers must yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights or giving an audible signal by moving over to the right, stopping and waiting until the vehicle has passed before proceeding, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Marvin Ney is the director of Paramount Ambulance in Dubuque. He said he's notice more people not moving over for the company's ambulances.

"We're in the environment. We work it. We see it. We're on our way to take care of your family members, your neighbor, it's somebody's emergency -- help us get it done," said Ney.

Ney said he's even paid for commercials in hopes to educate the public about the Move Over law.

"I paid for a commercial and commercials aren't cheap, but it's important. It just doesn't get the attention," said Ney.

Ney said he hopes others remember a simple slogan next time they see emergency vehicles with lights flashing or a siren.

"You see the lights, you move to the right and it will be all right," said Ney.

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