Imagine that your driving along. It’s night time and there aren’t many street lights. Up ahead, you see red & blue flashing lights… Lots of them You slow down and carefully move over the required lane (in most states now) to the left. Unable to clearly see what’s going on on or whether not all lanes may be blocked, you slow even further…. and further still till you are barely moving. All off a sudden *CRASH*. You’ve just been rear-ended from behind from another motorist who failed to see you slowing down.
Is this the above incident likely to happen?? Probably not. Though it’s not improbability that it could.
I’ve noticed, far to often, that when there are a multitude of emergency lights going from different Emergency Vehicles, it can make it difficult to determine what’s going on ahead and decide on the best course of action. Of course the law in most states require that whenever you see flashing emergency lights or a vehicle pulled over to the side you are to pull over one lane to the left or (at the very least) slow way down).
There’s two problems that come about from being blinded by by Emergency Lights on Emergency Vehicles… 1) It is difficult to tell what is going on. I don’t mean details of how many vehicles, who’s involved, etc – things that cause rubber-necking… I’m referring to beign able to tell how many lanes are blocked (or if they all are). #2) Being able to see to change lanes. When you are being blinded (even momentarily) by glaring emergency lights, it makes it that much more difficult to safely make lane changes as you have a harder time seeing traffic that may be behind you or next to you in the next lane over.
I understand that importance of being able to see and be seen at an accident scene. But when passing motorists are being blinded, I’d say that sort of defeats the second aspect. Perhaps one day (or perhaps there all ready is) an emergency light bar will be made that will meet the needs and requirements of Public Safety personnel to be see and be seen on an accident scene without blinding the motorists in the process.
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