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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Inconsiderate drivers ruin everything

This story came from Car Talk. One would believe that an ambulance with it's lights flashing would have a clear shot through traffic. But the driver thought that his conversation was way too important to let it through. This could have cost someone their life. I hope that conversation was extremely important.


Recently, my 11-year-old son had a very bad accident, shoving his arm through a pane of glass in a French door. In that accident, he severed arteries in his arm. You know all the stories about spurting blood? They are true.

I rode in the passenger seat of the ambulance on the way to the hospital. The driver was using lights and siren. The blood was flowing. The ambulance driver was forced to slow to about 30 (in a 45 mph zone) behind an a--hole with a cell phone in his ear. Apparently, his conversation was more important to him than my son's life. So here we are—son bleeding, me cussing, ambulance driver using lights, siren, and air horn. We followed this guy for probably a mile—the ambulance driver was afraid to pass him on the right, as it is a bike lane.

To top it all off, when the guy finally did pull over to let us by, he stuck out his arm and gave us the one-finger salute! Maybe it's not the cell phones at all; maybe the type of people who use cell phones are more likely to be in accidents solely because of who they are—what their personalities are like. I'll tell you this—if I ever see the guy again, I will physically, really, stick that phone of his "where the sun don't shine." Son (note other spelling) is recovering nicely.

Kevin McNelis

In most states and municipalities, it is illegal to block emergency vehicles. And to top it all off, he had the indecency to use an indecent hand gesture. In some countries, that alone would get you a fairly hefty fine.

People that do this ruin things for everyone.


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