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11/2/2010 @ 12:15:36 pm by publicservantsrule.com

Passing an Emergency Scene

Motorists often see existing accident scenes on the road when they are driving and people may not exactly know how to drive around them.  First off, if a police officer is on scene, directing traffic, follow and obey instructions/hand signals given by him/her.  Secondly, when approaching an accident scene, pull over to the right side of the road, if the accident is on the left or vice verses.  A person operating a motor vehicle should be aware of his/her surroundings when driving and know what is happening in front of them.  Some states have passed a law to have one lane between you and the accident if possible when passing for safety reason for the personnel working the accident scene.  Keep driving with caution past the scene, do not “rubberneck”.  As hard as it is to resist the temptation to slow down and look at the scene, do not do it.  Rubbernecking severely backs up traffic behind you.  Also the distractions you cause yourself and other drivers can actually cause another motor vehicle collision.  Another point of interest, do not run over fire hoses, this could cause problems with water supply and cause a dangerous situation.

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