Re: “Heed the flashing lights,” editorial, March 20.
I was driving the Pat Bay Highway with no one in front of me and only two or three cars behind me, also in no apparent rush. The passing lane was empty to the horizon.
I noticed well in advance a cruiser and a single vehicle parked nose to tail on the side of the road. I was startled, however, when the police officer climbed out of his car and began making aggressive gestures, circling his arms and pointing me toward the horizon on my left.
I wondered if there was a bomb going off or maybe my car was on fire. Confused, I moved into the passing lane at the same speed, and noticed in my rear-view mirror that the few vehicles behind me continued in the right-hand lane with no apparent concern on the part of the officer. I spoke to two or three people afterwards and they were as confused as I was.
If the situation had appeared to be complex, if speed had been higher, traffic heavier or visibility in any way restricted, I think I would have automatically moved away from the action. This did not appear to be more than a pause for a phone call or a tire check.
But I was totally unaware of this rule of the road and so was everyone else I spoke to. I am thankful I didn’t get ticketed, but it’s a hard way to find out about a new-old rule. Thanks for the explanation!
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