I'm constantly amazed at the lack of common sense, and or panic that occurs when an EMS vehicle is approaching an intersection. Why is this so hard? I can't imagine the frustration the Fire/EMS/Police driver feels as he approaches a sea of sheep, so scared to step out of line at an intersections....the same sheep that will blast thru a stop sign, or destroy a speed limit, but GOD FORBID you change lanes to let a first responder thru I have to think the soundtrack playing in that engine drivers head has to be...... Oh no, the fight's out I'mma 'bout to punch yo lights out..... Anywho.....so Winston got a new ladder truck for downtown With the tiller driver It doesn't look that massive, but if you've been downtown Winston, you know the streets were designed for cars of the mid 70's (see also fuel crisis mobiles AKA tiny ass import cars) and were always ONE WAY until recently. The roads that weren't one way have always been PAINFULLY tight. Lets take for example the road my office is on: Broad Street...note the utility poles less than 12" from the road What you CAN'T see in those pics is the crown of the road. It's quite high. So high that when city buses come up broad they are a good FOOT into the center lane so the top of the bus won't smack a pole. Same with dumptrucks and semi's. Makes for fun when I drive my truck I travel this road 3-4 times a day for the last 15 years, so I see a lot of drivers freak out over the poles. Anyway...L-1 is 2 blocks over and 3 blocks down from my office, and at least once a day goes blasting by. Today I was approaching the light at second street (see blue blob). Our light was red and the traffic crossing (left to right) 2nd street was blasting thru the intersection. The screen shot below has 2 cars in the right lane, but in this instance, there were NO cars there, and only a ford truck turning left in the left hand lane (see the red blob) who was stopped because our light was red. So I whip over on the sidewalk in front of what you see as the burgundy gmc yukon XL. So that leaves the right lane open.....but poles! So L-1 continues to barrel up broad, hammer down directly behind the truck....then stops 3" from his bumper and blasts the train horn continually. FINALLY the ford truck makes a hard right (turning INTO one way traffic coming up 2nd street) and clears the left lane, and L-1 goes on thru the intersection. Our light changes, and he now has to make a left turn from the middle of the intersection over on the 2nd street side and cross the whole intersection. This maneuver took a painful minute to watch, but also made me kind of giggle. I'll never understand how a siren can turn everyone into "Lucy at the candy factory"