Yielding to Emergency VehiclesMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Oct 23 2012 3:04 PM
This morning while returning from covering a motorcycle wreck, I saw an ambulance coming up behind me. Everyone is pulling over except one vehicle. That driver was messing with something in the passenger seat and wasn’t moving over. The ambulance was running his lights and siren, I heard them. The driver just kept driving and was not pulling over to allow the ambulance to pass.
While working in Fire and EMS for several years my self I have seen people fail to yield for an emergency vehicle. I Dothan it is a common thing, Emergency unit have even had to drive in the on coming lanes of traffic to get to where they were going, this is dangerous to both the EMS personnel and the normal driver.
You can be stopped and given a ticket for failing to yield and the cost is expensive. So the next time you see or hear an emergency vehicle pull over, if you come up on one on the side of the road, slow down and move over if possible.
Think about this for as moment, WHAT IF- you were haveing an emergency, wreck, house on fire, or a heart attack? You would want the emergency crews to get to you fast right? Thank about that the next time you see one on the road side or coming up behind you!!!!!!!
Remember it’s not only a smart thing to do, but it is THE LAW !!!!
Lt. David talks about emergency vehicles and about always yielding to them.