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    On 99.9% of my calls I will attempt to run silent.Since most are on rural highways,this generally isnt a problem,few calls to the office(POed "good citizens"),a check of CAD and good to go.

    BUT,this Friday,I am rolling to accident with injury.To get there I first need to negotiate partially through town,going balls to the walls code 3,turn onto a narrow street that I have to be on for 1 freakin block as it is a zig zag type thing(think half a swastika _l ),anyway I have a ford ranger in front of me,and bless his hawt he is trying to get over,at the same time a dumbass is backing out of her driveway in a big SUV.Does she pull back in??? NO!!,does she hurry and finish executing her maneuver???NO!!,she STOPS!!with her vehicle now in a classic"roadblock"and,wait for it,----ya ready?????,you will swear I am lying-------,SHE EXITS THE VEHICLE TO APPROACH ME,thankfully(for her) the Ranger pulled into the driveway she just backed out of and I get by,as I pass I see her,and Yep,no bout adout it,blond as the day is long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavriktu View Post
    ),anyway I have a ford ranger in front of me,and bless his hawt he is trying to get over,at the same time a dumbass is backing out of her driveway in a big SUV.Does she pull back in??? NO!!,does she hurry and finish executing her maneuver???NO!!,she STOPS!!with her vehicle now in a classic"roadblock"and,wait for it,----ya ready?????,you will swear I am lying-------,SHE EXITS THE VEHICLE TO APPROACH ME,thankfully(for her) the Ranger pulled into the driveway she just backed out of and I get by,as I pass I see her,and Yep,no bout adout it,blond as the day is long.


    The only thing that would have been funnier is if she actually managed to stop you long enough to ask for directions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan701 View Post
    I pull over to the right when I can safely. Sometimes other motorists freak out and get in my way of doing so, which could end up causing an accident. If that's the case I try to get out of the way as soon as possible for the emergency vehicle. (pulling to the right)

    Is this OK? Or is there something different you would rather motorist to do?
    Virginia law says to pull over to the nearest shoulder as soon as you can do so safely. The code no longer specifies the right shoulder -- which actually makes sense on a 4 lane plus road... Other state laws may vary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post


    The only thing that would have been funnier is if she actually managed to stop you long enough to ask for directions.
    Can you say a Punch in the mouth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavriktu View Post
    Can you say a Punch in the mouth?
    Or at least give her the wrong directions.

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    I usually try to just get off the road if I can, by turning right into a parking lot or something - but the last fire truck I was behind, I just flipped a U-turn while he was still about a block away. Traffic was too heavy to pull right, and it was stop-and-go in front of me.

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    Ryan, you're correct. Just put on your right turn signal so that we know that you're trying and a reasonable officer should get the hint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by countybear View Post
    Given this, most department policies for emergency response clearly dictate that responders are to stay to the left-most right-of-way to allow vehicles ahead to react and move right accordingly. If an emergency vehicle moves right to pass, and the vehicle ahead responds as directed by law, a collision hazard is created, and the emergency vehicle's response is slowed by the confusion created as drivers attempt to assume to move other than as legally required to get out of the way.
    +1 Got dinged on this as a rookie because I went by someone making a left turn in a turn lane while enroute to a shooting at a fast food place. Lt. said I should have waited till they turned, stopped, or moved over before I went on by them in the through lane.

    Funny how when my school lost a ball game, we didnt resort to shooting over it. My how times change

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    We now have our in car video required to be running on any code response. I can imagine how entertaining some of my more animated commentary must be for the boss reviewing the footage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by countybear View Post
    We now have our in car video required to be running on any code response. I can imagine how entertaining some of my more animated commentary must be for the boss reviewing the footage.
    Countybear rants!

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    It's beyond me why people slam on their brakes when you get behind them in the left lane with my lights and sirens on.

    I think a lot of people think they're getting pulled over and freak out.

    When I hear sirens I get the HELL OUT OF THE WAY AS QUICK AS I CAN. People amaze me.

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    In Florida it seemed to take an act of God to get someone to move the heck out of the way. Since I moved to the great state of Washington...I have noticed at least where I am..these people move the hell out of the way! I think in the year I have been here I have had to flip the whoop whoop on to get them to move...beautiful!
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    Thats because around here the people are so damn old, they dont hear you coming. No matter, with our non pursuit policy, they dont pull over anyways...
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    get over so they pass and hall ass behind them to get all the green lights?

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    This happened to me tonight and the thing that got people's attention the quickest wasn't my light bar or me siren but flashing my brights once i had been behind them..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavriktu View Post
    On 99.9% of my calls I will attempt to run silent.Since most are on rural highways,this generally isnt a problem,few calls to the office(POed "good citizens"),a check of CAD and good to go.

    BUT,this Friday,I am rolling to accident with injury.To get there I first need to negotiate partially through town,going balls to the walls code 3,turn onto a narrow street that I have to be on for 1 freakin block as it is a zig zag type thing(think half a swastika _l ),anyway I have a ford ranger in front of me,and bless his hawt he is trying to get over,at the same time a dumbass is backing out of her driveway in a big SUV.Does she pull back in??? NO!!,does she hurry and finish executing her maneuver???NO!!,she STOPS!!with her vehicle now in a classic"roadblock"and,wait for it,----ya ready?????,you will swear I am lying-------,SHE EXITS THE VEHICLE TO APPROACH ME,thankfully(for her) the Ranger pulled into the driveway she just backed out of and I get by,as I pass I see her,and Yep,no bout adout it,blond as the day is long.
    now thats a good one

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    One of my peeves is when the vehicle in front of you pulls over to the side of the road but continues driving at the same highway speed on the shoulder.

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    you people must work in lawless outlands. Around here, everyone always moves out of the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Loblaw View Post
    you people must work in lawless outlands. Around here, everyone always moves out of the way.
    What, do you have close air support blasting them out of the way if they don't?!
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