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See emergency lights, pull over
June 27, 2012 - Luke Stalzer
Nothing drives me more insane than when someone doesn't pull over for an emergency vehicle.
I was driving back to the office today when I saw a fire truck approaching me heading south on the Center Street viaduct. I did what most normal people would do and pulled off to the right and came to a complete stop until the fire truck passed me. What did the person do in front of the fire truck? Nothing. They didn't even pull over a little bit to let them squeeze by.
This not only frustrates me because I'm an EMT and I've had people do this to us while going to a call, but is it really going to hurt that person to take 15 seconds out of their day to pull over for an emergency vehicle that could be responding to a cardiac arrest call or a house fire? The answer is no. It's not.
Take that extra time and if you see emergency lights, pull to the side of the road, or if you're going down the interstate and you see a cop has someone pulled over, go to the left lane. It's that easy. The same goes for funeral processions. Give them the respect they deserve, too.
Now, I'm stepping off my soap box.