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You see where this is heading right? Probably NO :(
But you see where an ambulance is heading right? Then why don’t you make way for it? Nowadays people know the price of everything but the value of none. Only if we would realise the value of the patient's life in the ambulance.
Let's glance at the saddening stats first.
In India 1 out of 5 patients die due to ambulance delays while in developed countries, due to a green corridor created by the citizens the death rate is 1 out of 200. The probability of death is reduced from 20% to 0.5%. That's about 40 times lower.
An Ambulance is the most crucial vehicle out there, something which draws a line of hope of survival. But traffic and ignorance makes that line finer.
There are a few who do make way for an ambulance, a few who take advantage of it and rush to skip the traffic and a lot who are just confused of the fact as to how to react? What way to go? Should I pull over or just speed up to make way?
Well luckily this article is for those people who simply don’t know what to do?
First thing when you hear the sirens or see the blaring lights, STOP & PULL OVER. It makes it easier for the ambulance driver to zoom through the traffic when all cars have stoped because otherwise they have to maintain extreme caution which eventually slows them down.
When you slow down or stop and move to left, the vehicles ahead too get the space to move to left and the green corridor could be created in no time.
But do not jam on your brakes in the middle of the road or make any other erratic deviation from predictable driving habits.
Additionally if you are approached from behind by an emergency vehicle and do not have a safe place to clear the roadway, proceed at the speed limit with your blinker on to an appropriate shoulder or turn out.
A lesser known fact is that we can cut the red light if an Ambulance is stuck behind us. People are afraid of the fine which comes next. But don't worry it is completely legal to let an emergency vehicle drift through by cutting the red light!
Let's hope that over time it will lead to reduction in the number of deaths due to ambulance delays by making drivers more sensitive to the patient whose life hangs midway in the bargain.
Little deeds like these could potentially save lives!
So next time you hear the sirens ACT SMART & GIVE WAY.
Leo Krutant Bilakhia.
Member Of Leo Club of Juhu.