PARAMEDICS URGE DRIV­ERS TO MOVE LEFT

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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