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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