Comments: Stupid drivers!

I hope the guy in the ambulence is ok. If not, they should charge that idiot with his death.

As for people not pulling over. It's totally totally totally wrong.

However, I do get irritated by one thing, although it's NOT an excuse. I ALWAYS pull over. But, I hate to see when emergency vehicles use it to get by just to avoid traffic. I saw a cop do that today. Now, yes, there are times that there may be a reason for it. But knowing some law enforcement and paramedics, I know it's used to their advantage sometimes too.

Like I said, that's NEVER an excuse. But I bet it's the excuse of those who don't pull over.

We could give law enforcement and paramedics huge monster trucks and they could just roll over whoever did not move.

Posted by Sissy at July 21, 2005 04:35 PM

For years I have heard people say cops use their lights so they don't have to wait at a traffic light. I never met one that has, but I know plenty of people who do that, "I know a guy who's cousin is a cop and he...". Now I've done, and seen other cops do something that looks like that, but usually they are responding to a call that they don't want to run sirens and lights for some reason. IE bank alarms and the criminal is still in the building. You have to remember most of the time when cops are driving their squads they are on the job... not a lot of personal time there.

Posted by Contagion at July 21, 2005 05:51 PM

Not a problem around my neck of the woods, but then again it's relatively rural. People practically FLING themselves onto the shoulder, even when the ambulance is coming the other way, and the only thing on their side of the road is a meadow, so they KNOW the ambulance isn't going to turn in front of them.

Posted by Harvey at July 21, 2005 09:05 PM

I've seen a Loves Park cop flip his lights, go through a red, and pull into a Wendy's for lunch.

It's rare, but some of them do it.

Posted by Graumagus at July 22, 2005 01:22 AM

Grau, are you sure of what you saw? IE are you positive he was not responding to something?

Posted by Contagion at July 22, 2005 07:02 AM

On Sunday, we were going out to dinner with friends.

At a light, waiting to go across the street (green light for us) and we see a Ambulance coming, full lights and sirens, everyone sees it.

Exept the old lady who didn't look (on the other side of the road from us, green light) or wonder as to why every one was stopped dead just went right on through the light only to have to slam on her brakes when the Ambulance came within feet of hitting her and the ambulance coming pretty close to us when they swerved to not hit her.

Dumb ass.

Posted by Machelle at July 22, 2005 08:00 AM

Contagion,
where Grau, LJ, and I used to live there is a donut shop. I know this sounds cliche but on several occassions we say police officers use their lights and pull into their.
I also was nearly ran off the the road when a police van came out of the alley behind Leasure Tymes with lights and sirens blaring to see the same police van blow all the stop lights to pull into the McDonalds on Auburn street.
I whole-heartedly believe people need to get out of the way of sirens, and I too have seen way too many dipshits out there that do not care. My point is that sometimes people have abused the authority given by their sirens. As for me, I just pull to the side no matter which way I hear the siren.

Posted by jay at July 22, 2005 08:29 AM

Contagion: I also went into that Wendy's, and the cop was ordering when I went in.

It's rare, but some of them do abuse the system.

Plus Loves Park cops are assholes.

Posted by Graumagus at July 22, 2005 11:20 AM

I'll never understand why some people are in SUCH a hurry all the time. Between being impatient and utter ignorance, I sometimes don't know how there aren't MORE accidents.

But I must live closer to Harvey (at least in my mind...I feel dirty now)...we have the same situation where I live (NOT where I work). I once saw someone pull so far off the road for a fire truck that they got stuck in a ditch...

Posted by Ogre at July 25, 2005 10:17 AM