I openly admit that I complain a lot. And a good bit of the complaining that I do in these pages centers on people's highway habits.But there is one habit in particular that I haven't had a chance to write about yet. And it's something that I think is worse than just about everything else that one can do on the roads.

It truly stuns me how many people don't pull to the side of the road to let emergency vehicles through.

I think that it's one of those things that has become so common that you almost don't even notice anymore.

The last time I visited Canada, however, I noticed. Why? Because people did exactly what they're supposed to do.

When an ambulance came screaming down the road with lights and sirens blaring, every single car immediately pulled to the side of the road or stopped going through the intersection to let the emergency vehicle through.

It's sad that this made an impression on me for exactly the wrong reason - because that isn't as common as it should be here.

I can't tell you how many times I've pulled to the side of the road when I saw emergency lights in my rear view mirror just to have a few cars pass first because they couldn't be bothered to move over and stop.

How many times have you seen an ambulance get stuck at an intersection because the opposing traffic doesn't want to risk losing their green light?

By the way, if you get caught not pulling over for a fire truck, ambulance, or police car, it'll cost you over $200 and two points.

I think that we need to see more people getting pulled over for not pulling over!

 

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