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Rules of the road

February 23, 2012 - Terri Castelaz
This is directed to the young gentleman who waved nice gestures to me while I pulled over to allow an ambulance to pass by. This youngster almost rear-ended me because he obviously not paying attention and didn’t know I was going to pull over for the ambulance. (Which he also should have been.) He hit his brakes, and proceeded to speed around me, as the ambulance goes by him with sirens on and lights flashing. I’m sure that ambulance driver was thinking what an idiot. As I was. One of those times I wish a cop was around to watch this. Funny thing was he was so pissed he continued to wave this nice gesture to me even after he went by. I still can’t believe people are unaware of these rules. This is one of the most important things that you are taught in drivers ed. I looked up the laws for those who weren’t paying attention in class that day in driver’s ed. Here they are: State of Michigan rules to follow when an emergency vehicle is approaching: — Pull over to the edge of the roadway, clear of intersections, and stop. — Remain there until the emergency vehicle has passed. Watch for others. There may be several other emergency vehicles. — Keep a foot on the brake so the brake lights let emergency vehicle drivers know you have stopped. — Stay at least 500 feet behind any moving emergency vehicle displaying flashing warning lights and sounding a siren. — Never pass a moving emergency vehicle displaying flashing warning lights unless directed to do so by the emergency vehicle driver or a law enforcement officer.



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