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Richard11
post Fri, 17 Nov 2017 - 17:27
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I was already waiting at a red light when the ambulance came around the corner behind me a few moments later. Despite the ambulance honking its horn, I chose not to make room by moving forwards even though it was safe to do so because I would have run a red light by a couple of meters.

I feel a little guilty blocking the ambulance even though it was only for maybe 10 few seconds until the lights changed back to green, but the law is the law ? highway code 219. It feels like a case of complying with the law to avoid potential prosecution, but not doing the right thing. Anyone else had a similar experience ?

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post Sun, 28 Jan 2018 - 17:55
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QUOTE (manuel-fawlty @ Sun, 28 Jan 2018 - 17:11) *
They are usually driven recklessly, sometimes dangerously, and that is wisest.


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post Sun, 28 Jan 2018 - 19:20
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QUOTE (southpaw82 @ Sun, 28 Jan 2018 - 17:53) *
QUOTE (manuel-fawlty @ Sun, 28 Jan 2018 - 17:11) *
tough for them. I will not move.

Tough for anyone they might be trying to help, too. But never mind, eh, at least you can smugly congratulate yourself on sticking it to the man.

If that's not the outcome Parliament wants, they could always add an exemption.


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post Sun, 28 Jan 2018 - 19:41
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QUOTE (cp8759 @ Sun, 28 Jan 2018 - 19:20) *
QUOTE (southpaw82 @ Sun, 28 Jan 2018 - 17:53) *
QUOTE (manuel-fawlty @ Sun, 28 Jan 2018 - 17:11) *
tough for them. I will not move.

Tough for anyone they might be trying to help, too. But never mind, eh, at least you can smugly congratulate yourself on sticking it to the man.

If that's not the outcome Parliament wants, they could always add an exemption.

Other than the one already in place when directed by a constable, which is what we’re talking about here?

The government could impose an exemption covering all emergency vehicles but then the approach seems to be an application of common sense - by the CPS, the police, and the public. Otherwise we’d have to have all sorts of exemptions, like for emergency vehicle drivers from careless driving etc.

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post Sat, 3 Feb 2018 - 15:12
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QUOTE (cp8759 @ Sun, 28 Jan 2018 - 19:20) *
QUOTE (southpaw82 @ Sun, 28 Jan 2018 - 17:53) *
QUOTE (manuel-fawlty @ Sun, 28 Jan 2018 - 17:11) *
tough for them. I will not move.

Tough for anyone they might be trying to help, too. But never mind, eh, at least you can smugly congratulate yourself on sticking it to the man.

If that's not the outcome Parliament wants, they could always add an exemption.

Surely, the ideal of having seamless, automatic enforcement of minor traffic offences is worth sacrificing a few lives?


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