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Q:Please remind people to get out of the way for emergency vehicles.

One recent situation I will cite: On Parham Road, a firetruck had to sit through three red lights. Only two or three people made really good attempts to get out of the way. There were parking lots and streets where they could have moved. I had to drive up onto the median. There was a double line of cars with about 10 cars in each line. One car even crossed Parham on its green light! -- Ann B.

Answer: Drivers should do what I'm always telling the cars ahead of me to do: Get out of the way.

Emergency vehicles have the legal clout to back that up, though.

The law says that when an emergency vehicle has its lights and sirens on, "the driver of every other vehicle shall, as quickly as traffic and other highway conditions permit, drive to the nearest edge of the roadway, clear of any intersection of highways, and stop and remain there, unless otherwise directed by a law-enforcement officer, until the emergency vehicle has passed."

But sometimes pulling over to the nearest edge of the roadway is not enough to get out of the way. The law doesn't mandate that drivers pull into parking lots to clear the way. But drivers should ask themselves this: How do I know it's not my house that's on fire?

Q:The speed limits on the access road into the terminal at Richmond International Airport seem silly. Between Interstate 64 and RIC, the speed limit changes five times. At first it is 45 mph, then it drops to 25, then 30, then 25, and then 15 going over the bridge and around the terminal. This makes no sense, especially considering the outbound speed limit is 45, apparently from the toll booths to I-64. So the inbound drivers have to crawl while the outbound people can cruise.

Is there a rational explanation for this? -- Walter S.

Answer: There's a rational explanation for everything. Well, except for people who send text messages while driving. That's just stupid.

Troy M. Bell of the Capital Region Airport Commission said the inbound speed limit varies because some areas are still under construction as part of an improvement project. The reduced speeds as vehicles approach construction areas and the terminal are intended to protect drivers and construction crews, he said.

Once the project is complete, the speeds inbound will begin at 35 mph, drop to 30 mph at or near the flyover structures, then increase back to 35 mph for through traffic using only Airport Drive.

For drivers turning onto Terminal Drive to access the parking decks or curbside areas, the posted speed limit will remain at 15 mph because of the high volume and the mix of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

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Q:I have noticed several traffic signs in Chesterfield County that are either in need of repair or upside down.

One is on westbound Lucks Lane at Spirea Road. A gold diamond sign indicating lanes widening is actually upside down and should indicate lanes narrowing.

Another is on westbound Robious Road/Huguenot Trail at state Route 288. The sign indicting lanes narrowing is upside down. -- J.J.M.

Answer: I tried to get this situation turned around.

"Tell the citizen we are thankful for informing us about these signs," said Taya M. Jarman of the Virginia Department of Transportation. "We have repaired or replaced the necessary signs so things should be correct."

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