3/14/17 - Rules of the Road - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

3/14/17 - Rules of the Road

By Scott Thomas
KFVS12 Vice President and General Manager

This last week I was driving on one of our two-lane highways in the Heartland when I saw an ambulance in the oncoming lane with its lights and sirens going. Of course, I slowed down and pulled over. But the guy behind me didn't. He flew right by the oncoming ambulance without slowing down. I couldn’t believe it. But that got me thinking. It might be time for some folks to get a refresher course on the rules of the road. 

Our emergency responders are hardworking people who patrol our streets to keep us safe, put out fires at our homes, and rush us to the hospital when we are in bad shape. You may only need their services once in your life, but when you need them you want them there fast. Emergency vehicles sometimes travel at very high speeds and if you get in their way, you could create another emergency that results in an injury, or even death. All of our Heartland states have laws that demand drivers yield to emergency vehicles, but I see drivers ignore them all the time. You are, by law, supposed to slow down, pull over, and stop until those lights and sirens go by. And when you're going to pass a stopped emergency vehicle the law says you should slow down, and if possible, move over a lane to give them the space they need to work.

I promise you, nowhere you're going is as pressing as where that emergency vehicle is headed. So please, it takes just a few seconds to slow down and pull over. It's not only a courtesy to those emergency crews, it's also the law. 

I’m Scott Thomas and that’s our ViewPoint.

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