When I learned to drive, the first thing I was told was, “The right to drive is a privilege!” In the United States, anyone who wants a drivers license must first learn the “Rules of the Road” for their state prior to taking a road test. Why am I talking about this? I am talking about this because nearly every time I heard an ambulance siren this past year, I saw motorists breezing through intersections. When I walked to a bus stop one morning, I heard an ambulance siren and saw the ambulance waiting to enter the intersection as 5 cars went through a their green light. As the emergency vehicle started to enter the intersection another car ran the light after it turned red and almost crashed into the ambulance. The ambulance made it through the intersection, made its turn and had to deal with yet another intersection a block away with the same problem — motorists that refused to stop and yield the right of way.
All drivers must yield to emergency vehicles whenever they hear an ambulance siren. Someone’s life may be at risk; every moment counts. Emergency vehicles are allowed to go through red lights as are law enforcement officials — no one else. Any delay can result in a life lost. Every time I see this happen, I pray that the emergency vehicle arrives in time to save its passenger’s life.
As a reminder, whenever someone sits behind the wheel of an automobile, truck, motorcycle, or bus, not only are they putting their life in their hands, but they are also responsible for the lives of any passengers in their vehicle and the lives in other vehicles.
It might be a good idea if everyone reviews the Rules of the Road. I believe in most states it is available online. Perhaps you may have forgotten which way to turn your wheels when parking on a hill? Maybe some of the laws have changed since the last time you took your drivers test? Whatever the case may be, remember that an ambulance is in a big hurry — you can wait. I would hate to know that someone or their loved one didn’t arrive in time because someone did not pull over and let an emergency vehicle through. I am sure you feel the same way.
Spread the word and remind people to pull over and let those wonderful ambulance drivers and paramedics do their job — save lives.