By WJBC Staff
NORMAL – New traffic warning lights installed outside the new Normal Fire Department headquarters will alert motorists when to stop for emergency vehicles.
When travelling northbound on Main Street from Hovey Avenue, motorists will now see two sets of bright yellow signs that warn motorists that a fire station is ahead. The signs at Main and Osage streets are equipped with flashing yellow lights and white strobe lights which are activated by crews as they prepare to leave the station. The warning lights are designed to warn motorists traveling northbound that fire apparatus may be turning onto or crossing Main Street at Dale Street.
“It’s always a good idea to watch out for emergency vehicles any time you are driving near a fire station, especially on a busy roadway,” said Mick Humer, Fire Chief. “The added benefit of the flashing lights helps to draw your attention to the times when apparatus will be crossing or turning onto Main Street so that you can be alert and watch out for them.”
The fire department reminds motorists to slow down and pull to the right side of the road when you see an emergency vehicle with lights on and siren activated.