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Road rules: Yield to emergency vehicles
About 4 p.m., April 10, I was driving south on Oak Harbor Road, approaching Columbia. I saw a vehicle coming north on Oak Harbor Road with flashing lights and siren going full blast. Following the laws of the road I pulled over to my right and cleared the road.
About three vehicles were heading north on Oak Harbor Road, but wanting to make a left turn onto Columbia. A white sedan was the leading vehicle. The female driver made her left turn in front of the speeding police vehicle, even with his flashing lights and siren. It was a very close call.
I then moved back onto Oak Harbor Road heading for my desired exit onto Columbia. At this point a second police vehicle came into view, also heading north on Oak Harbor Road. It also had its flashing lights and siren going. I made my right turn onto Columbia, clearing Oak Harbor Road. Before the police vehicle reached the intersection of Columbia and Oak Harbor Road a yellow pick-up truck, with a non-yellow canopy, going north on Oak Harbor Road made a left turn onto Columbia. It must have been by the grace of God, because it was not a credit to legal driving that the truck made it just before the police vehicle arrived at that intersection.
It was just a matter of seconds that those two vehicles were able to make a left turn off Oak Harbor Road without an accident. Now if they wanted to get themselves killed for not yielding to a police vehicle that is their business. But flying parts most likely would have caused damage to my vehicle. That would have upset me. Also, I hate to see my tax money being spent on replacement vehicles for the OHPD because some people do not believe traffic laws apply to them.
Robert D. Brown