Sometimes, I wonder if our school education and driving schools have forgotten to teach the younger generations about the importance of making ways for ambulances and fire engines to pass through? Instead, have they taught the opposite? For example, once the ambulance passed through a busy road, all the cars behind will definitely stepped on the accelerator and tail behind the ambulance because of the fast moving traffic.
I am someone whom had been rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. Few months later, my baby too was rushed from the Penang Hospital Lam Wah Ee to University Malaya Medical Centre in KL (which is a 3 hr ambulance ride) with limited amount of oxygen. He was ventilator dependant. Hence, I can feel the urgency of those riding in the ambulance and their loved ones who want the sick or injured to be treated in the emergency room.
So, it always disgust me that in a traffic jam, no one will bother to try making some lee way in advance. Usually, we can hear the screeching siren and see the ambulance light flashing from quiet a distance. Normal folks would have started to squeeze to the side as soon as they hear it. But not the morons. They normally won’t do it until the ambulance is very, very near and by then, it is usually hard to make way because a lot more time will be needed to start moving.
Even on a regular two-lanes road in a jam, if every cars will just keep going to the sides, the ambulance normally can pass through the middle space. But will these morons do that? No….very little response. HOWEVER, once the ambulance pass through, they will suddenly become so alert and start tailing behind.
What we see then is an ambulance with lots of cars following behind. I normally cussed, “Like to follow so much? Wait lah, one day you will be the one lying inside the stretcher.”
Then again, I think this is one reason why people are rather reluctant to let an ambulance pass through. Because it inevitably cause many, many cars to jump queue. And sometimes, if you give way, before the ambulance reach, some motorists will definitely take advantage and move ahead of the ambulance.
On the other hand, do you notice how arrogant outriders are? They will barge to the opposite direction traffics and make sure that you move aside. The other day, a few of them came into my lane, from the opposite direction and ‘pee poo pee poo’. If you buat dunno, sure kena the loud hailer, “Ke tepi, ke tepi.”
Haih…the world is not fair. Someone may be dying and yet, no one gives a fark. But if you are somebody, the world is your oyster. You don’t even need to get caught in a jam, having at least 6 hired helps to move along with you and gawd-knows-how-many more waiting at every traffic lights to stop traffic. Just because you need to get from point A to point B to cut some ribbons. *roll eyes*