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Drivers: What should you do?

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9y, 11m agoPosted 9 years, 11 months ago
Your sat at the front of the traffic lights, light is on red.

Ambulance / Fire engine / Police come up behind you, sirens blaring, lights on.

Do you:

A) Move out of their way even if it means moving past the line on a red light and let them past, makin sure your not in the traffic flow.

B) Sit there, waiting until light is green ignoring the sirens behind you, wait till light is green and then move out of the way and let them past.

C) Sit there, waiting until light is green, once green, clear the junction and pull over at the next convinience.

Answers on a postcard please...and there is a reason to this post.
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9y, 11m agoPosted 9 years, 11 months ago
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#1
id say A ??
#2
I'd answer "A", knowing that I could be fined or taken to court for going through a red light :)
#3
def a, but if there was a camera on the light you are fecked. This has happened time and time again, but the courts refuse to do anything about it
#4
Unfortunately I would be the mug that would take the points and fine because next time that could be me in the Blue Light Taxi....

p.s. when I lived in Germany there was little / no issue because everybody moved either left or right and blue lights went down the middle
#5
Answer is A, but im sorry, if theres a camera im gona sit there till the lights change, coppers could nick me if they so choose to :)
#6
I think in this life or death situation im sure you could appeal if you did go through the red and get nicked by the camera.
The station will be able to have a record of when the ambulance was activated, thus giving the courts (if it got that far) enough evidence.

The answer is def A, i wouldnt care if it was a red light or not id still move out the way, they valuable seconds could mean that person dies or lives.
#7
I said my decisions based on everyones reply already, saying people have gone to court and lost....
Normally i move out the way if it invloves lights anyway, ours dont have cameras
#8
Answer is C.

That would be the way to do it legally anyway, unless it's a cop behind you, then your in a catch 22 situation as they could do you for getting in the way of the law.

Mates just had 3 points and a £60 fine for running a red light. He only moved over the line (car length on a junction where he was not in the way) to let an ambulance passed.

Got the ticket, ambulance driver is willing to be a witness and the hospital are willing to give evidence, does not matter, he's got to take the 3 points and fine unless he wishes to take it to court and have a larger fine.

The ambulance was on the way to a cardiac callout, i.e. life and death.

However, you are supposed to sit there, in the way until the light changes to green, then take the junction as you usually would, and then find a convinient place to pull over and let the ambulance pass.

What kind of country is this!? I know what I'm doing if this ever happens to me. All my mate was trying to do was let them passed.
#9
I would deffo say A, and have done that many times going into town alone the main roads around here.

I would fight that all the way to the courts and then i would go to the press with it if they still tried to fine me.

I can just see the head line now, "Drive Charged £xxx fine and 6 points for letting Ambulance passed." Absolute insanity!
#10
Mess
I would deffo say A, and have done that many times going into town alone the main roads around here.

I would fight that all the way to the courts and then i would go to the press with it if they still tried to fine me.

I can just see the head line now, "Drive Charged £xxx fine and 6 points for letting Ambulance passed." Absolute insanity!


Fully agree with you, i never go down without a fight :giggle:
#11
grimm6
Unfortunately I would be the mug that would take the points and fine because next time that could be me in the Blue Light Taxi....

p.s. when I lived in Germany there was little / no issue because everybody moved either left or right and blue lights went down the middle


Where abouts in Germany? Cracking country
#12
Paddy_o_furniture
Where abouts in Germany? Cracking country



Wildenrath near the Dutch border and Gutersloh in the north east..

Loved the country, far better than France or Belgium but not as good as Holland ( Arnhem / Eindhoven area)
#13
Gutersloh, you must be a squaddie!
#14
Paddy_o_furniture
Gutersloh, you must be a squaddie!


Nope................
banned#15
If U don't know the answer U should not be driving(legally, anyway)
#16
grimm6
Nope................


I spent 2 years down the road from gutersloh in Bielefeld, you could get some Hotdeals in germany.
#17
Read the highway code before you answer.
#18
Well, I'd read an article in one of the Sunday broadsheets about two months ago in response to a reader writing in with regards to exactly the same problem. So I was very aware of the situation and the legality.

Two weeks later and I found myself in the real life situation, where at the junction/roundabout of the A404/M40 I was at the front waiting for the lights to change. Now, I am familiar with this junction and new that there was approximately 30 seconds to the lights change when a police car pulled up behind me, with lights & sirens going. I sat there ignoring them until the lights changed and then moved forward and to one side to let them pass.

I found it very intimidating (I'm a fairly confident and strong willed person),
and 30 seconds may not sound long but it is with a police car behind you edging forward to get past you. I almost got out of the car and knocked on the window to say, "you know it's illegal for me to jump a red light, under any circumstances, so why are you trying to intimidate me into breaking the law".

I've been driving for 22 years and do in excess of 40K pa, a few years ago I would never have dreamed of not moving over. But the police and the law seemed to have lost common sense and are only interested in revenue raising, meeting targets at all costs and having one rule for the general public and one for themselves.

We used to have proper traffic officers patrolling the roads who would make common sense decisions based on the conditions and information at the time. Now we have civilians operating speed cameras and other blunt instruments such as red light cameras which show no mitigation or understanding of the relevant conditions/situation.

Still if you're a police officer and you're picking up a take away then it's okay to break the law.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=418255&in_page_id=1770&in_page_id=1770&expand=true
#19
Yep, cus the takeaaway may get cold. It's also ok to test your car at 153mph on a motorway and 90mph through 40mph roads in a built up area when your not on call.

Because it's night time, for a copper, thats ok. :?

Not only does my mate have to take the fine of £60, but worse, the points. Running a red light code is classed as dangerous driving. He has checked with his insurance company and will put his premium up by £210.

These last for insurance companies 5 years. So you could say, moving out the way of an ambulance in a safe position to do so will cost him £1000+ over five years.

He spoke to a lawyer, lawyer said to take the fine and points. The lawyer had worked on a case where 3 drivers had pulled into the bus lane to let an ambulance through. All 3 got caught on CCTV. £80 no points. One of them used this lawyer as the CCTV clearly showed them moving out of the way for the ambulance. The client was fined with £80 for 'driving' in the bus lane and court costs, plus lawyer costs.

The 3 drivers broke the law, end of according to the judge. Camera caught them, 3 drivers x £80 each = £240.

Any copper would have thanked you for letting them past and you would pull back in once moving again. This does not work when you got camera's etc, as they are literally money raising tools.

Then they have the cheek to say 'it's not for money'.

So yes, your supposed to block emergency services from getting to the emergency quicker than they could have done. Otherwise, YOUR going to get hit.

It's absolutely appauling.
#20
Paddy_o_furniture
I spent 2 years down the road from gutersloh in Bielefeld, you could get some Hotdeals in germany.



Harriers me.....
#21
The aircraft or the running club?????

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