do you stop for a siren

Sal - posted on 02/09/2011 ( 30 moms have responded )

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last night there was an accident between a local police car-(not from my hubbys station but another small rural one) on an urgent run and a civilian car, i am not going to make any assumptions about this accident but it did get me thinking do you stop for a siren?? i go to this town a lot and can't imagine that the car was unable to get out of the way (again not saying thats what happened accidents are just that usually- an accident that is) but i know if i hear any siren i get out of the way asap- safely of course, are tinted windows, ipods, mobile phones and loud stereos a hinderance in this? what are your ideas on this.
(please no police bashing this is about your behaviour here when you hear a siren, fire ambulance or police not anything else, becasue reguardless of what you think of poilce etc they do use sirens and we are ment to get out of the way)

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Stifler's - posted on 02/09/2011

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the ambulances here now have a thing in them to turn red lights green to reduce response time

Sharon - posted on 02/09/2011

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Absolutely.

I get out of the way of every siren unless I'm on a divided road and the emergency vehicle is on the other side. Even then, I keep an eye out for places where the emergency vehicle might turn ahead of me.

The only thing I don't know what to do about and I"ve wondered a few times but have yet to call or ask a neighbor (who is a sherriff)

what do you do when you're at an intersection and stopped already. If there is a full line of stopped cars - how does the emergency vehicle get past?

I've seen once - where an ambulance pulled into the turn lane - the lane that crosses the center of the intersection - but there was a line of cars ahead of it. The ambulance couldn't go forward and all the cars were blocked.

I think the lead car was afraid to pull into the intersection - for a while the through traffic didn't stop - you have to figure - most couldn't see or hear the ambulance back there.

ugh - it was a nightmare and I was damned glad I didn't need to make a decision out there.

Eventually when the through traffic stopped, the lead car pulled through the intersection and then pulled immediately to the side of the road. The rest of the cars followed suit.

Kristin - posted on 02/09/2011

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my husband is a paramedic and gets annoyed when his sirens to the ambulance are on and people don't move.
i always get out of the way when a see a siren in my rear view mirror and stop at an intersection when i see the ambulance fire or police coming.

Jane - posted on 02/09/2011

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I always stop and pull over....ALWAYS. I'm not sure about other places but in the state of Colorado, it's illegal not to immediately (and safely) stop for sirens/emergency or police vehicles.

Ellen - posted on 02/09/2011

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I believe it's the law. Each state varies but here in Florida, you do have to pull over to let emergency vehicles pass.

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Yeah Joanna, I thought about that AFTER I turned. I sat there for a second before turning wondering... 'do I stay here? Do I go to make sure I'm out of the way?' Oh well.... it's done now. ;)

Melissa - posted on 02/09/2011

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We do move its just common certesy. I do have loud music but usually you see or hear something as I cant have it too loud with kids in the car. Im always stressed about cops trying to pull me over and not hearting them but I always have so far

Jenn - posted on 02/09/2011

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I always pull over when there is a firetruck, police car, ambulance, or a funeral procession. I find it quite rude and disrespectful to not do so, and I thought it was the law to make way for an emergency vehicle - no?

Johnny - posted on 02/09/2011

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The worst feeling is when you are sitting in a traffic jam, can not move anywhere and the emergency vehicle behind you suddenly puts on its siren. You've just got to hope that the people way up the line find a way to move...

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I have a question. If you are stopped in a left hand turn lane and the next one to turn left and there is a fire truck w/ sirens coming towards you (but still plenty far away).... should you stay put or turn left to be out of the way? That happened to me several months ago and I turned. Just not sure if that was the right thing to do or not....

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Always. It pisses me off to no end when I see people who don't pull over. My cousin is a paramedic / fire fighter and he's been in several accidents over the years because of people not moving the hell out of the way or trying to outrun them. The last accident almost cost my cousin his hand and one of his co-workers his life. OHHH I want to ram someone with my car when I see them not getting out of the way!

Stifler's - posted on 02/09/2011

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I saw someone pull out in front of an ambulance with wailing sirens and flashing lights. What a fuck head.

Lady Heather - posted on 02/09/2011

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I did when I could drive! ha. I see a lot of people around here who don't though. Just the other day we were pulling over for an ambulance and the person behind us angrily sped past and honked because I guess we slowed them down by pulling over. Sigh.

Johnny - posted on 02/09/2011

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Where I live I always pull over and stop. But I have traveled to a couple of places where you are supposed to pull over into the far right lane and continue driving the speed limit, at least on the freeway. Luckily someone had given me a heads up, or I might have caused an accident by stopping.

Kate CP - posted on 02/09/2011

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Hell yes I yield right of way! This is also why I don't wear headphones in the car so I can hear the sirens so I *can* yield. There have been several accidents in Dallas where cops were on an urgent run and DIDN'T use their lights or siren and got in a collision. The civilians were found at fault for those accidents and I don't agree with that. But if you see emergency lights or hear a siren you HAVE to pull over and yield. I also hate it when people don't stop for school buses. One of my pet peeves. :P

Stifler's - posted on 02/09/2011

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Yes. I do get out of the way and no you shouldn't be listening to your iPod in the car unless it's docked into the stereo, you should be watching your rearvision mirror also so you'd see flashing lights in the background. I hate people that don't get out of the way, idiots.

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See that is great though because I bet the next time she moved over because she knew what to do and that it is really important. I wish more police officers would do that.

Becky - posted on 02/09/2011

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Toni, my cousin didn't move over for a police car once, I can't remember why, I think she just wasn't really sure of what was going on. anyways, the Officer did take down her license plate and looked her up and called her later to talk to her about it. She didn't get a fine, but she did get a warning.

Becky - posted on 02/09/2011

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Yes, I always move over. Although sometimes during rush hour, it's not easy! It annoys me when someone doesn't get out of the way - where could you possibly be going that is more urgent or important than the life of that person in the ambulance?

Danielle - posted on 02/09/2011

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Always. I can't stand ppl that don't. What if it was someone you loved they were going to..

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I always move over out of the way. It really annoys me when I see people who either don't move over or actually get in the way, people should pay more attention to their surroundings while driving, I think the emergency services should have a way to record the licence plates of douchebags that make their jobs harder and those people should be sent fines!

Bonnie - posted on 02/09/2011

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Yup I pull over. Too many people don't though or they follow too closely behind a police car, ambulance, or fire truck and it annoys me.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/09/2011

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Absolutely...I pull over...I have never seen anyone not do this....or atleast just stop where they are.

Jodi - posted on 02/09/2011

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Yes, I think there are so many distractions in cars when we are driving these days, people often don't HEAR the sirens. IMO it is dangerous to drive with that level of noise anyway, sirens or no sirens. But it is definitely creating problems for our emergency services. I ALWAYS pull over if I hear a siren (and generally I hear it because I don't like loud music while I drive). But I have seen other drivers move into their path - probably because not only did they not hear it, they don't check their mirrors properly. A lot of people don't keep tabs on their mirrors regularly either.

Joanna - posted on 02/09/2011

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Teresa took my exact answer.

I listen to music in my car, but it doesn't hinder my ability to sense a siren, because I make it a point to always be aware of my surroundings.

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