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Ansible1's avatar

Do you pull over for an ambulance even if there's a median?

Asked by Ansible1 (4831points) July 8th, 2009

I mean, it’s not like he’s gonna jump the curb right?

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The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

You have to make way however you can so long as it doesn’t put you at risk.
It’s really important that ambulance gets to the hospital.

If there was a 3 foot tall concrete median between the ambulance and me that is completely impassable, then yeah I could see not pulling over. If it’s just a grass median, then yes the ambulance will absolutely jump the curb if it’s going to save a life so pull over then.

Aethelwine's avatar

Yes. It makes it easier for the ambulance to get by.

brettvdb's avatar

I get out of the way any way I can.

SirBailey's avatar

Absolutely, positively. It could be one of YOUR relatives in there.

Jude's avatar


Grisaille's avatar

I like to pull my bicycle over to the side of the road, just in case.

applesaucemanny's avatar

if there’s a physical barrier between you and the ambulance on a divided highway you’re not supposed to pull over, I wouldn’t unless there wasn’t a barrier

marinelife's avatar

It is not required by law to pull over for an emergency vehicle on the opposite side of a divided roadway.

SuperMouse's avatar

Always, every single time I see an emergency vehicle on the same side of the road as me, I pull over.

SirBailey's avatar

I didn’t realize that was the scenario you were describing. In that case, the law isn’t for ambulances on the other side of the road. You move to the right when it’s on YOUR side of the road.

The only vehicle that you have to concern yourself about on the opposite side of the road would be a school bus letting off kids.

casheroo's avatar

I always pull over, or stop where I am if I cannot move…I know if I need to get out of the way.
If it’s across the median, I usually keep driving, but I do slow down.

filmfann's avatar

Move over. Don’t give cops an excuse for giving you a ticket.

SirBailey's avatar

Last summer I was in the city (NYC) and the street was so congested the ambulance DID go on the OTHER side of the street where the traffic was going in the opposite direction (no median). It put him NOSE-TO-NOSE with my car! Fortunately, the cars to my right saw what was going on and moved out of the way so that I could go right.

richardhenry's avatar

@filmfann You mean, “don’t get a ticket for being a dick”? It’s not like you wouldn’t deserve it.

MrItty's avatar

@filmfann Yeah. Those jackass cops, always giving people tickets for exercising their god-given right to prevent ambulances from transporting injured people to the hospital. Those bastards.

filmfann's avatar

Isn’t the ambulance on the other side of the median?
I am saying to pull over, if for no other reason than to avoid a ticket.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@filmfann If I’m in the ambulance being taken to the hospital, I’m not concerned with why the person pulled over as long they’ve pulled over. Whatever gets people to pull over is fine by me.

skfinkel's avatar

Pull over no matter what. If anything, it must be less distracting for the ambulance driver to see everyone stop and he just gets to figure out the best way to get where he is going.

SirBailey's avatar

But the problem with that is, if you’re the only one pulling over because the ambulance is on the OTHER side of the median, going the opposite way, then the other cars on YOUR side are not going to know what you’re doing.

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