Here’s Jackie again, off topic and on her soapbox. This time it’s about right-of-way for emergency vehicles. You know, those noisy, flashing-lights, weaving around cars machines that speed down the road you’re trying drive on? Yeah, those vehicles.They consist of police cars, fire engines, ambulances, and Mark Harmon’s car if he’s on his way to my house.
The law says if you see/hear an emergency vehicle, you are to pull over to the side of the road and STOP. It doesn’t matter if the vehicle is behind you or in front, the law says what it says. It doesn’t mean to pull over and slow down. It doesn’t mean business as usual if the vehicle is going in the opposite direction. And straight from the horse’s mouth (ambulance drivers, but it’s also true of the police and firemen),it is vital that everyone obey this particular law.
Why? Because it means lives.
When there’s an emergency, time is important. When an emergency driver is running “hot”, they need to know that you as a driver really see them. Even more important, You don’t have to guess if they’re going to turn in front of you or not. And if you can’t move over, then just stop. That tells the emergency driver you are aware of him; he’ll signal you if he needs you to move.
Doing this simple thing can save lives…yours or your family member’s or even some stranger’s who’s important to his/her family.
And I was just kidding about Mark Harmon…almost.