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Move Aside for Emergency Vehicles
Every year in the United States there are nearly 16,000 accidents involving fire rescue vehicles responding to emergencies. Not only do these accidents cause many severe and sometimes even fatal injuries to both firefighters and civilians, they also result in significant delays putting rescuers at the original emergency scene. A new unit, from farther away, has to respond to the original emergency, and several others have to respond to the new emergency involving the rescuers themselves.
We’ve all seen those drivers out there who just blatantly give no regard to the laws that govern our roads and who don’t care one bit about those crucial seconds that someone’s life might be depending on.
Some drivers are unaware of Florida law, which states clearly: “Pedestrians and drivers must yield the right-of-way to law enforcement cars, fire engines and other emergency vehicles using sirens and/or flashing lights.”
This is a frequent problem now that technology has produced cars that shut out virtually all outside noise and contain sound systems that turn the word “loud” into something you can actually feel from a hundred feet away. But most significantly, technology has also produced the most offensive distracter on the roads today: the cell phone.
Here are some tips on how to move aside for emergency vehicles:
When you are running late or feeling stressed-out, yielding for emergency vehicles might seem like just another irritant in your day, but it’s nothing compared to whatever situation the rescuers are trying to reach. Keep in mind, one day it might be you or someone you care about in a life-threatening situation, waiting for help to arrive.
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