This is an overdue, post. Something that I saw on the road and need to get it off my chest.
I was behind an ambulance few weeks back, stuck at a red light. There was a driver infront, who didn’t know how to move aside and give way. And even if the driver did, I don’t think the ambulance would be able to beat the red light and cross the junction. I don’t think the traffic from the adjacent junction with green light would give way to the ambulance.
My wife pointed to me that the paramedics seem to be trying hard to resusitate the patient. The whole ambulance was shaking from the furious pumping by the paramedics. We could see from the silhouette on the rear windows that the paramedic was performing CPR on the patient.
The hospital is about 7-8 mins from the location that we were at, assuming that the ambulance is unobstructed all the way. With all the obstruction, the whole trip could take about 15mins or more. That few more minutes could mean alot of difference to the patient, worse case, it could be death. I happened to be going the same way as the ambulance, there were 2 more traffic lights that they ambulance was stuck at, so more time wasted.
If the patient really dies because of the obstruction, it’s really quite sad. More should be done to ensure that emergency vehicles are unobstructed, it could be education, could be enforcement or legislation. I just saw on the Taiwanese news that a driver could potentially be charged with causing death to another person. This could be too extreme, but it illustrates the gravity of the issue.