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Make room for emergency vehicles -- it's the law

Emergency service vehicles are required to drive as quickly as possible to their destinations in order to save the lives of those needing assistance. We count on these services to save and preserve our lives when we are in danger. If a fire breaks out in a home or business, every second counts. Emergency service vehicles flash their lights and initiate their warning sirens to alert motorists of their presence. Many intersections are also equipped with flashing warning lights to indicate that an emergency vehicle is in close proximity to their location. It is up to drivers to move out of the way of the emergency vehicle as quickly as possible. When a driver does not follow that rule, it paves the way for tragedy.

Unfortunately, a Baltimore motorist failed to follow this rule recently and the result of his negligence led to the injury of three individuals. Earlier this week, a 34-year-old motorist and his two passengers were struck by an approaching fire truck while they were traveling at an intersection on Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard. The accident occurred at almost 7:30 p.m.

In addition to the occupants in the car, four of the firefighters riding in the fire truck required medical evaluation at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

The driver of the car and one of his passengers were also taken to a hospital for treatment. The driver's injuries were rated as serious, but thankfully it appears they were not deemed as life-threatening.

The car's driver was given a ticket for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

It is unknown why the driver failed to notice the fire truck as it approached the intersection. Many drivers enjoy listening to their radio music while they are operating their cars, and in today's world, chatting on their cell phone. It is important for the safety of everyone that uses our highways and byways, that we always pay attention.

Source: The Capital, "3 injured as car collides with firetruck," Mar. 8, 2012

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