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Off the Editor’s Desk – 1-21-2015

WATCH FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES

I must relate a concern of mine and that is: as drivers on the public roads, we must give emergency vehicles the right of way so they can get to their calls in a timely manner. To make the roads a safer place for all, it is our responsibilty to be aware of what is going on around us.

At point is that last week, I, as a member of the local fire department, was responding to an alarm in Hersey. I was in the front seat of the engine company with red lights and siren working. But, only one vehicle of the dozen or so that we met on our run, even made any attempt to pull over to the side of the highway.

One fellow who was in front of us, pulling a cattle trailer, apparently did not hear the siren and made no attempt to pull off the road, even as the big yellow fire engine passed him, he continued without any idea that he should yield the right of way. Luckily, we made it to the scene of the fire without an incident.

The law requires us to pull into the other lane when a traffic police have a stop. But I have been on the Interstate and noticed many times that people do not give police officers any space and just zoom on by. And, don’t forget the flashing red lights of the school bus when it has stopped to pick up children.

While on the matter of vehicles, another concern is that of pedestrians attempting to cross a busy street and vehicles not stopping to allow them to cross the road.

I have seen this happen many times in Colfax with the busy highway 40 that cuts through the community. Stop and let the people cross the road. It may save a life!

Be aware of your surroundings!

Thanks for reading! — Carlton