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A speeding vehicle with siren and police flashing light bearing down on you from behind is not something you really want to see in your rear view mirror.
If you are a safe driver, don’t drive whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs you will be unlikely to see police flashing light in your mirrors. However, just being a road user will unfortunately mean you do see flashing police lights on a regular basis. The police are an ever-present feature on our roads and highways and without a doubt, they work tirelessly. Police need to get to places quickly and safely when they are responding to priority calls and the only way they can do this is by using lights and audible warnings to help their passage through traffic.
A crowded traffic snarled highway is a police officer’s worst nightmare when it comes to moving around, so they need a way to get our attention. A police flashing light and loud sirens are the only way they can get enough attention to get traffic to pull over and let them pass. The flashing lights certainly convey a sense of emergency and when we see them we should automatically react, sadly not all drivers do. I have seen drivers virtually ignore and block the passage of police vehicles just because they don’t want to slow down!
Lightbars, single strobe lights and bright LED lights inside and outside police vehicles would all come under the police flashing light umbrella. Lighting on all first response vehicles is crucial but even more so on a police vehicle. Police need to be present in many situations even when fire and medical teams are there, so the vehicles need to be highly visible and the lighting gives them the visibility they need. Often police are in attendance at roadside emergencies to act as traffic diversions and advance warning.
Police vehicles will often be positioned at roadside with their police flashing lights to advise road users to navigate away from scenes. Without the police in attendance, many roadside incidents are highly dangerous for the other first response personnel. Medical teams dealing with emergencies often need the back up of the police to maintain safety and security at a scene. Firefighters will also often need the backup of police officers when they are attending an emergency. It’s clear to see why we see so many police flashing light units on our streets and highways.
Police officers swear to protect and serve and that is a very dangerous thing to have to adhere to. Police officers work tirelessly in protecting us and other first response personnel and for that, they should be commended and praised. All too often our police are criticized and that should not be something that ever happens. The job they do is dangerous and often deadly and the police flashing light units they have on their vehicles draw attention to them. Therefore if you see police flashing light in any mirror or on the road ahead, please pay them the courtesy of acting responsibly and cautiously.
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