Every once in awhile, we’ll hear a faint sound off in the distance that sounds like a siren — but, after a quick look in the rearview mirror, we see nothing. So, thinking the emergency vehicle is on another street and headed in the other direction, we continue on.
The screeching sound of the siren continues to get louder — and, all of a sudden, flashing lights catch our eye, and our mind immediately goes into panic mode, as we try to figure out how to get out of the way. In doing so, we continue to drive, looking for a place to go, only making the matter worse.
Emergency services personnel have a tough job — and, unfortunately, navigating their way through traffic is part of that challenge.
A Spring Lake/Ferrysburg police officer was recently involved in a collision while responding to an emergency that resulted in no citations being issued. Thankfully in this instance, both parties survived the crash with only minor injuries, but we all know this could have had a tragic outcome.
With the busy summer season now upon us, and traffic patterns becoming even more congested, we encourage drivers to exercise extreme caution the moment they hear that siren off in the distance. If the siren is on and the lights are flashing, someone is in need of emergency services, and drivers need to get their vehicle out of the way.
Not only is it required by law, but when failing to do so, you are also putting yourself and others in harm's way.
After all, you never know when that emergency vehicle could be on the way to help someone you know.
Please, do your part and get out of the way.
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