The most frustrating part about writing for blogs is that often the people you’d wish would read informative posts aren’t the kind of people who even read blogs. That said, sometimes its imperative that you, dear readers, do a community service and print out important blog entries and tape them up for the offline world to see. Maybe your work breakroom or near the copy machine, possibly inside the stall of a public restroom beside the poetic graffitti. Anywhere the class of citizens we often refer to (lovingly) as “asshats” mingle or frequent.
Such is this case with this recent entry by Brian Humphrey at the LAFD News & Information blog:
Nationwide, nearly 16,000 collisions occur each year because a growing number of drivers fail to Pull To The Right when emergency vehicles approach using their lights and sirens.
In order to get out the message, the LAFD is sponsoring Operation Right Move, “to educate motorists about the importance of yielding to ambulances, fire trucks and police cars when they are responding to emergency incidents.”
Their website features “8 Simple Rules to Yield To An Emergency Vehicle” along with a Quicktime PSA starring Erik Estrada (perhaps explaining why this issue isn’t being taken so seriously… I kid! I kid!).
For a short period of time after 9/11 I noticed that LA drivers were pulling over whenever emergency vehicles approached. Five years later, though, the problem is pretty evident, and I don’t think its lack of information on the public’s part so much as sheer negligence (aka asshattedness). Hopefully Operation Right Move will give enough people pause to make a difference again.
So please, get the word out to the asshats.