Recent travels home from work have revealed what I consider abuse of resources by emergency service vehicles.
Within the last 7 days, I have had 2 emergency vehicles – one a 4WD Police Truck, and one a Fire Truck – using their lights and sirens to clear peak hour traffic only to turn them off once past traffic and continue on as normal. The Police truck was traveling southbound on Athlon Drive last Friday, using lights and siren to clear the right hand lane (he even mounted the median strip to get through an intersection). Once he was clear of the traffic he turned off the signals and carried on his merry way at normal speed, even stopped at the next intersection. Exactly the same happened with a Fire truck on Yamba Drive tonight – using siren and lights to move heavy traffic out of the way before killing the lights and stopping at the next intersection.
This kind of behaviour is dangerous as people are actively moving out of the way of these vehicles, and could cause an accident if someone wasn’t paying enough attention. Frankly emergency services need to be patient an wait in traffic like the rest of us unless they are genuinely attending an emergency.
Has anyone else had similar experiences to this around Canberra?