Posted: 27 May, 2015
The lowdown on letting emergency vehicles through
We've all seen it- you're out driving and you hear emergency sirens approaching.. suddenly drivers panic and pull all sorts of crazy moves to get out of the way! Truth is, sometimes it's easy to let them through, other times it's hard to know the best and safest way to clear a path. We asked Queensland Ambulance Service Assistant Commissioner Peter Warrener what the go is.
First things first:
Drivers should move to the left to allow the emergency vehicle to use the right lane.
"If we were to go on the left side of the road then there is a lot of hazards for us to consider such as pedestrians, or people walking on the side of the road. So the right hand lane or side is best for us," he says.
If you're stuck at a red light:
Don't drive through the red light- stay still.
"If anyone tries to move through the red light, they're putting themselves in danger. That's why we're saying please be stationary, we will actually look at the best way to get around that traffic. But if they try and sneak through there could be another incident."
Stuck in a traffic jam:
The idea is, you should be alert and plan your move long before the ambulance is right behind you.
"If people have their stereo at the right level, they're checking all their mirrors, they should see the ambulance or police or fire service coming behind them from a distance away. So it should give them some timing to start to move to the left," he says.
But if there's really just no where to go?
"This is when you start seeing ambulances going on the centre aisle, or they may look at going on the other side of the road. We try not to go on the other side where oncoming traffic's coming. What normally happens is the traffic's quite good and they'll manoeuvre over."
Ultimately, we have to do our best to clear the path, without doing anything risky or illegal.
"You've got to look after your own safety as well. The emergency services will move around as best they can, that's what they're trained to do."