California Violation Code 21806 – Fail to yield to an emergency vehicle

Definition of violation code 21806

Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle which is sounding a siren and which has at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light that is visible, under normal atmospheric conditions, from a distance of 1,000 feet to the front of the vehicle, the surrounding traffic shall, except as otherwise directed by a traffic officer, do the following:

  •  (a)(1) Except as required under paragraph (2), the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of- way and shall
    immediately drive to the right-hand edge or curb of the highway, clear of any intersection, and thereupon shall stop and
    remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.
    (2) A person driving a vehicle in an exclusive or preferential use lane shall exit that lane immediately upon determining that the exit can be accomplished with reasonable safety.
  • (b) The operator of every street car shall immediately stop the street car, clear of any intersection, and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.
  • (c) All pedestrians upon the highway shall proceed to the nearest curb or place of safety and remain there until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.