What are the rules of the road for police and emergency vehicles?

Franklin County

A New Hampshire resident was killed in Greenfield last October when his car collided with a police cruiser.

Northwestern District Attorney spokeswoman Mary Carey said Greenfield Police Sergeant James Rode was driving 83 miles per hour on High Street when his cruiser crashed into another vehicle, killing the driver and seriously injuring the passenger.

Under state law, police and other emergency vehicles are allowed to drive above the speed limit as long as they exercise caution and keep in mind the safety of other drivers.

“They do over-exceed the speed limit,” Dennis Smith told 22News. “They are the law, but how fast do you need to get there? It’s just out of hand.”

Greenfield Deputy Police Chief  Mark Williams told 22News that police must sound the cruiser’s alarm and use their flasher lights while responding to an emergency.

Police are also allowed to drive through an intersection without stopping at a stop sign.

Sgt. Rode pleaded not guilty to negligent motor vehicle homicide in Greenfield district Court on Wednesday. He’s due back in court in October.

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