PARAMEDICS URGE DRIVERS TO MOVE LEFT
The Queensland Ambulance Service is calling on motorists to stay alert on the roads and watch out for emergency service vehicles. QAS (pictured, Mossman officer in charge Michelle Boulter) ask that if you see or hear an ambulance vehicle with its lights and sirens on, slow down and merge to the left and give the ambulance a clear passage down the middle of the road. Seconds count in an emergency and they can quickly add up to minutes if motorists and riders ignore the sirens and flashing lights. The biggest problem for emergency vehicles in reaching the scene of an incident is when motorists panic at the sound or sight of lights and sirens. Some drivers stop in the wrong place while some others don’t give way at all. Watch the ambulance vehicle’s signals carefully and allow it to turn in front of you if it needs to turn. Even if you are at a green light you should still stop and give way to an ambulance attempting to cross the intersection. When you see one emergency vehicle there is a good chance that another one is following close behind. Motorists should double check their mirrors once the first vehicle has passed as QAS often dispatch more than one unit to a case. Lights and sirens usually indicate the crew is responding to a life-threatening emergency; by doing the right thing you could potentially be saving a life.