Always EVIL within us
Join Date: Apr 2004
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Damned if you do --------
Most drivers have been in the situation, - - You are sitting at a red light and hear the sirens going behind you! It could be an ambulance, police or a fire appliance on its way to an emergency.
Cars scatter, driving up kerbs or squeezing into narrow gaps so that the emergency vehicle can get past. You are on the "line" and the only alternative for you is to drive into the centre of the junction to get out of the way- - - OR IS IT?
Mark Freeman thought so but was captured by a camera driving through a red light - - and rceived a £60-00 fine through the post.
He went to court 3 times in an attempt to explain but still had to pay the £60-00 plus £35-00 costs plus 3 points on his licence - - and loss of wages totalling £300-00 due to his court appearances!
Kevin Delaneyof the RAC Foundation said " The law is inequivocal and we regretfully would advise any motorist not to go through a red light to allow an emergency vehicle to pass, There should be an exemption on the law to deal with this or some discretion exercised by the courts, but sadly this does not happen."
A spokesman for UNISON, the ambulance drivers union said "I'm sure Mr. Freeman thought he was doing the right thing but drivers are trained for these circumstances and he should have stopped at the lights"
So the moral of this tale is to refuse to assist the emergency services if it means breaking the law in your vehicle- -unless you can affort a fine and points!
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