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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 13, 2015) – Indiana State Police want to remind drivers how important it is to get out of the way for emergency vehicles.

CBS4 was with Trooper Mike Meinczinger when he got a potentially lifesaving call, a medical transport needed to get to an IU hospital immediately.

He couldn’t say what was inside the box, but troopers are known to transport everything from blood to organs.

In Indiana the law says drivers must move right for an emergency vehicle in the left lane, but we saw countless cars blocking trooper Meinczinger.

“How am I going to stop what I’m doing and chase him down? How do I enforce it, when I’ve got to go somewhere?” said Meinczinger.

In 2014 less than a thousand tickets were issued statewide, but those tickets only represent a fraction of the violators.  Drivers aren’t being punished because when they’re in the way, it’s the exact same time troopers are rushing to an emergency.

Troopers want drivers to take it upon themselves to remember why you should stay alert and move over for emergency vehicles.

"If your family was involved in some sort of situation, in which you needed the police, or EMS, or fire, you'd want them there as soon as possible,” said Meinczinger.

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