There are so many things to pitch a fit about in this job. There’s no denying it. This isn’t the first post I’ve done about the ludicrous things you, the driving public, do that drive me mad. It won’t be the last either. This particular iteration, however, comes after the last week or so of having it happen repeatedly.
Put yourself in a driver’s position. You are tooling along (see what I did there? Clever, yes? ‘Cause you’re a tool…geez, people. If I have to explain it, it just isn’t as funny) when you see flashing lights of the red and blue variety accompanying a godawful sound that reminds you of a wailing scream. What do you do?
Do you A) pull over to the right side of the roadway immediately or B) continue to drive along (albeit slowly) and attempt to make eye contact with the officer?
If you answered A, congrats. You can stop reading and go back to your cross stitch.
If you answered B, I have another question for you. Now that you’ve made eye contact do you A) see that the cop isn’t trying to get around you and immediately yield to the right side of the roadway or B) continue to drive along (even more slowly), raise your index finger and point at yourself?
If you answered A (after having answered B on the first question), congrats. Although you are quite a bit dumber than the folks who nailed it in the first question, you’ve redeemed yourself slightly.
If you answered B to the second question, this post is for you.
Let me explain something to you. When you see the bright, flashing lights, the loud siren, and eventually my bent voice coming over the PA, odds are I’m trying to get you to PULL OVER! I’m not just on a pleasure cruise. I’d very much like to meet you and discuss whatever ridiculous thing you did to get my attention.
Now, let’s pretend for a moment that (for some reason I can’t fathom) I’m not trying to stop you. What the hell do you think I’m trying to do?!? Get out of the bloody way!! This is why the vehicle code requires you to move to the right. Either I’m trying to stop you or I need to get somewhere with a quickness.