Angry Motorist Tells ‘Ambulance Drivers’ Off For ‘Not Being Patient’

Less than 5 minutes after just writing about an angry twitter user who lambasted Northumbria Police for daring to use their sirens at 5 am, than does another follower send us a screenshot of yet another angry driver who has had a vent on social media. 

But this time, the police aren’t the subject of the venting of frustration. 

It’s the ambulance service, or rather, highly-trained life-saving medics who some people refer to as ‘ambulance drivers’ (a bit like ‘police car drivers’ and ‘fire engine drivers’ if you get my drift). 

But this time, it wasn’t the use of sirens at 5 am that triggered this social media user. No. 

Instead, it was the fact that an emergency ambulance crew, who were either en-route to an emergency or who were carrying a critically ill patient in the back of their ambulance, dared to try and overtake a motorist. 

The professional bystander posted the following in a group called ‘The Real Verwoodians’:

“Today we were driving through West Moors and just passed the mini roundabout a ambulance with sirens blaring came up behind us. 

“I do appreciate their hard work and the fact that they are in a hurry but if you can’t get out of their way you are not deliberately trying to stop them. 

“Sometimes it is just not possible without causing a bigger problem. 

“So ambulance drivers it doesn’t matter how much you use your sirens or horns and gesticulate to the other driver until they put wings on cars that let you fly you have to have a bit of patience”.

I am not entirely sure that ‘ambulance drivers’ need patience when they are trying to save someone’s life by getting them to hospital as quickly as possible. 

But I am sure that they need people to move out of the way so that they CAN save someone’s life. 

This is one of the reasons why I have always thought that emergency vehicles should be fitted with some sort of dart-firing device which, once fired, can attach itself to a car and then discharge a massive amount of electricity that would cause the engine of the vehicle to stop. 

A bit like a taser, but for cars. 

This would mean that in situations like the one described above, then the ambulance crew could have fired a dart at the car that was not moving out of the way and the car would come to a stop. 

Hey presto, situation sorted. 

Thankfully, most people can drive their vehicles well enough that they can pull over safely to let the emergency vehicle that is ‘blaring up behind’ overtake them.

The person who shared the image with us said: “Bit of a t**tbadger…I live in West moors, and there’s plenty of room to pull over…” 

But what do you think? 

Do you think that the lady who vented on social media about this ambulance crew is in the right, or is she in the wrong? 

Have your say in the comments below

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19 thoughts on “Angry Motorist Tells ‘Ambulance Drivers’ Off For ‘Not Being Patient’

  1. If you go through a red traffic light to let an emergency vehicle pass you and you get caught on a camera or cause an accident, you don’t have a leg to stand on.

    1. Actually true, but I for one am more than happy to explain to a court why I SAFELY broke a traffic law, and if they feel the need to fine me then I will accept that as a cost of me doing a very small bit to assist in someone getting the help they needed..

    2. He praises them, then says he couldn’t move, maybe he couldn’t, but firing a dart to imobilise the vehicle, lot of good that would do, said in jest or not. Sometimes you don’t help your cause by making stupid comments. I support all emergency workers and will do my best to move for them , but sometimes…..

    3. Au contraire. You ask for the footage from the lights, you point to the large emergency vehicle behind you and the desk sergeant says “ah yes, I see. Extenuating circumstances. Leave it with me”. You say “thank you sergeant, have a nice day” and off you go. Or you can whine like a bitch, kick off all over the shop and the police will make that charge stick like glue.

  2. We don’t want you to go through red lights. That’s why we hang back with lights on, but no sirens.
    Either stay where you are, or make room if you can. We are trained to spot the path of least resistance. Sometimes the less you do, the less we have to second guess what you and everyone around you is going to do.
    Don’t panic. We’ve dove this a thousand times before and it’s easy…until someone throws a spanner in the works.

    1. Exactly driver need to be made aware you know what your doing but some people think better because of their ignorance

  3. My comments about the person who thinks it is OK to rant about folk trying their hardest to keep folk alive would be unable to be ‘out there’ – don’t normally swear but ^&%^&*&&^^%^^*))(_*&*^&^%^ – I trust there is nobody in the way if they EVER need any of the skills from the essential services.

  4. Utter cockwomble. For goodness sake, go on social media and give well informed opinions on bush fires, deforestation, and starvation which exists in the world and leave these guys to do their jobs helping to save people. Being paid a pittance for their efforts.
    Of course they gesticulate. Often, in a state of high alert. They just want to get to their patient. They may be on an overrun from their 12 hr shift, now possibly in the 13th hour. Because of possible heavy call on the service, they may have had a late break. A van driven may have just broken their wing mirror off (It has happened) So just cut them some slack and give credit where credit is due

  5. That driver has a point. People need to stop blindly agreeing with emergency services. They can get it wrong too. People have an opinion and can express it however much you dislike it.

  6. My best one was driving down a twisty country road, where overtaking was tricky and was doing an emergency transfer to the area HASU (hyper acute stroke unit) .

    The car in front was oblivious to me behind him – even though I had lights and sirens on and I was behind him for almost 3/4 mile unable to safely overtake.

    I knew he was oblivious to me because when he did eventually see me he panicked and dropped the anchors.

    The trouble is he chose to stop in the most dangerous place possible – on a double white lines, on a totally blind bend.

    Close runner up was driving through Oxford on blues, traffic stopped to allow me onto a roundabout when the car driver ahead of me just panicked and dropped his anchors, straddling both lanes leaving me with absolutely nowhere to go. Despite other drivers gesticulating at him and me applying the bull horn it was a good thirty seconds before he moved – probably just in time as I think my crewmate was about to get out and create a “running call” for us.

  7. When you see a vehicle driving on blues:
    Pull over – when safe to do so.
    Don’t just slow down, come to a complete stop – when safe to do so.
    If you’re in the outside lane, pull over into the inside lane – when safe to do so.
    If you’re in static non moving traffic turn “out” and make space in the middle of the road for the emergency vehicle to move down.

    Don’t ever stop near traffic islands and never ever stop on a corner.

  8. Seriously is this person for real?.
    Its ok when you need it im sure the ambulance driver will show utter patience and sit at traffic lights whilst you die, oh but you get to say ‘ thanks for your patience..’

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