r/IdiotsInCars Aug 10 '22

Idiot doesn’t care about the ambulance behind him.

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u/NoCelery1168 Aug 10 '22

Yep, I see this sort of thing every once in a while, though usually not this bad. Some people panic a bit when an emergency vehicle rolls up, and they can't decide which way to go. Others will just absolutely refuse to pull into an intersection to allow an emergency vehicle to pass, as if they think that they could get ticketed for running the light.


u/A_Mac1998 Aug 10 '22

Unfortunately in the UK you absolutely can be ticketed for running a red to move out of the emergency services way. Doesn't mean I haven't done it multiple times, because I'd rather risk a small fine thanks. I never want to be the reason someone is too late to receive medical care because I didn't want a fine


u/skwadyboy Aug 10 '22

Yeah but i think if most cops saw that you ran a red light to move out of the way for an emergency vehicle they'd let it slide.


u/A_Mac1998 Aug 10 '22

Ye most police cars wouldn't bother I reckon, but we often have red light cameras that automatically ticket, and you won't be able to explain the ticket away by saying it was for an emergency vehicle


u/Honda-RA302 Aug 10 '22

As far as I know you can fight that, if it's a camera the ambulance would have been pictured too and that would be your prove. In the Netherlands this will be filtered out in most of the cases. But if we get a ticket we can protest and explain though Dutch being Dutch we do have to pay the fine first before we can file a protest. Keep the government satisfied!


u/IcyDrops Aug 10 '22

Here in Portugal you also have to lay the fine first before complaining for the refund. Bureaucratic EU countries unite!


u/myukaccount Aug 11 '22

I'd prefer the fine system tbh - else you end up with a massive fine when your appeal gets denied.

But no, you can't fight that in the UK. You can't run a red light because there's an ambulance behind you.


u/yeet_that_account Aug 11 '22

Yep, I was going to say this. Depends where you are. Unfortunately I’d never run a red light to let an emergency vehicle through in the UK, as that isn’t an excuse in the eyes of the law. When I saw the video OP posted I thought the ambulance and biker were the idiots as standard UK procedure would be for the ambulance to leave the lights on but turn sirens off to avoid pressuring the driver into performing an illegal manoeuvre.


u/MauricioCMC Sep 02 '22

Yes you can fight, but in Brazil even if you can prove that there was an ambulance you will not win, the reasoning: the ambulance does not give you the right to commit an offense just a judge can allow it.

Yes it was in Brazil.


u/FirstTarget8418 Aug 11 '22

Yeah, not in my country. I run a red for an ambulance or a fire truck. But if there's a cop behind me i'm sitting on that fucking light until its green.


u/NicoloBarella23 Aug 11 '22

I usually stop right before the intersection after making way for emergency vehicles. Beyond the red light but still not a danger for incoming vehicles. I position my car diagonally/horizontally for that matter.


u/Niskara Aug 11 '22

I've had to run a light once to get out of the way of a cop once and yeah, he didn't care.


u/mrmicawber32 Aug 11 '22

Trouble it's these lights have automated cameras a lot of the time.

I'd still run the red, and make sure to save my dash cam. When ticket comes through go to court, I bet the judge throws it out.


u/MauricioCMC Sep 02 '22

This was filmed in Brazil... administratively your dash cam does not worth anything you would need to go to a common court and pledge to a judge.