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36 Responses to How Germans On The Autobahn React To Sirens

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    12chars Male 18-29
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    August 10, 2013 at 10:06 am
    Link: How Germans On The Autobahn React To Sirens - How it should be.
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    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
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    August 11, 2013 at 8:32 am
    This is from years of having MG-42`s mounted on the hoods.
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    August 11, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Suddenly I`m in the mood to listen to Kraftwerk ...

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    drips Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2013 at 8:47 am
    More than just the sirens it looks like once folks figured out that there was a traffic stopping accident up ahead they all pulled over to make way for arriving emergency vehicles.
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    ledgehead Male 40-49
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    August 11, 2013 at 8:51 am
    I can never figure out why emergency vehicles travel in the direction of traffic on a closed highway. Why not travel on the closed section of highway in the wrong direction?
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    August 11, 2013 at 8:54 am
    For once, I`ll back the UK, we do this. Are you saying it doesn`t happen in the states?
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    HumanAction Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2013 at 9:12 am
    Are you saying it doesn`t happen in the states?
    I don`t get it either; everyone here pulls to the side of the road when we hear sirens or see lights.

    Then again, the US is much, much larger than the UK. Just because people do this where I live does not necessarily mean that they do it 1000 miles away in another state.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    August 11, 2013 at 9:13 am
    I would see that as normal. What else would you do?
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    August 11, 2013 at 9:34 am
    Here, you are supposed to pull to the right side of the road. However, it seems that everyone is a complete moron and very rarely do I see others do it. Most of the time it will be myself and two or three others pulled over while everyone else drives normally.
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    August 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I`ve never seen a situation where drivers did NOT move over for an emergency vehicle. You see some people who take their sweet time about it, though. No excuse for that.
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    MrOrange Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2013 at 9:39 am
    Gotta love those germans! this is why they have no speed limit, the sing say`s stop? we stop. the light is red? we stop. speed is 50? we drop to 50.

    and that is why it works.
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    tedgp Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2013 at 9:43 am
    Goverments around the world should make it a serious criminal offence not to move out of the way of an emergency vehicle.
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    whodat6484 Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2013 at 9:48 am
    I see vehicles pull off to the side whenever possible while emergency vehicles are approaching. Sometime it`s difficult, especially in bigger cities when there`s not much of a shoulder on the road or guard rails & barriers but people just don`t don`t ignore them.
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    IAFYM Female 18-29
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    August 11, 2013 at 10:27 am
    Some European countries, as I believe (I know for sure in the UK) have laws which say you must give way to an emergency vehicle with its sirens on (in the UK an emergency vehicle is a vehicle with flashing blue lights).
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    JadesDitoyr Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2013 at 11:05 am
    Here in Northern Texas (I presume Southern Texas as well, but I`ve never been there) when the sirens come on, we pull to the right side of the road and stop. Some people pull to the right side and keep driving a bit (if they`re at an intersection - they pull through in case the emergency vehicle needs to turn through it) but yeah.
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    Twinklestein Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2013 at 11:38 am
    Every state in the US has laws on the books that all vehicles must yield to an emergency vehicle by pulling off to the right side of the road and pedestrians must stay off of the road completely.
    I know here, when people hear a siren loudly enough, they tend to pull off to the side of the road whether they actually see the vehicle or not.
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
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    August 11, 2013 at 11:53 am
    US, it`s pull to the right. That looked like a disorganized mess and hell restart.

    On top of that, Michigan would have still been trying to direct traffic to the left to get past the wreck. Very seldom does traffic completely stop here.
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    August 11, 2013 at 11:54 am
    Seems there`s general agreement on how it works, but are there any fire/ambulance drivers out there with different stories to tell? Gang?
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

    What a cluster f*ck. It would make way way more sense if they would ALL PULL TO THE RIGHT.

    That`s what we do around here. It works so well that when the cop passes you, he`s usually pushing 100+ mph.
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    Steelgrid Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm
    Most people overlook the really amazing part, the traffic going in the opposite direction doesnt stop and rubberneck. It remains flowing as if nothing was on their side, you know, because it isnt.

    that is the only part of this video that amazes me to be honest. Here in the STL, people hear a siren, they pull over or just take an exit. Hell people on both sides of the road tend to pull over if they dont know where its coming from.

    Ravengreen actually said it right, the only people that would find this amazing are the rubbernecking crackpots who are too stupid to really know that a siren means GTF off the road!!!
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    ForSquirel Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm
    That has to be the dumbest most asininiest traffic I`ve ever seen. There is absolutely no reason for that.
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    unmercyfuldu Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm
    First responders were already on the scene. Those cars weren`t going anywhere and had plenty of time to sort themselves out when the first emergency vehicles came.
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    Rizzo71 Male 40-49
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    August 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm
    I was in an such an ambulance once and it is pretty cool to switch on the horns and all cars suddenly rush to the sides. The injured appreciated our quick arriving - despite heavy traffic.

    I am not a medic, i choose two years social services (back in the days) instead of serving in the army.
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    bluevayero Male 18-29
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    August 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm
    why weren`t they just using the emergency lane?already cleared up and easier for cars to go a bit to the left
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    August 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm
    I was waiting for him to rear-end that little black car. I am dissapoint.
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    August 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm
    Time to one-up: ok, in the UK we drive thru the barriers and careen down a 200 ft ravine, douse ourselves in fuel and set light to it to get out of the way.
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    TokenBabe Female 30-39
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    August 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm
    That`s how it is here in Ontario....you get the f*ck out of the way! I`ve always been proud of how we do it -- Quebec on the other hand...what a collective bunch of morons!
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    sutra46 Female 40-49
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    August 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm
    Here in Asia no one gives a fcuk! I sit there fuming because i can`t budge in the middle of three lanes.
    There is no civic sense whatsoever.
    And the rubberneckers, the aholes!


    Why didn`t the emergecy vehicle take the shoulder all the way through?
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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2013 at 11:11 pm
    That has to be the dumbest most asininiest traffic I`ve ever seen. There is absolutely no reason for that.

    -----------

    They`ve done it because it`s a legal requirement.
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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
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    August 11, 2013 at 11:15 pm
    The reason also that not everyone pulled over to the right (the "fast" lane pulled to the left), is again a requirement. Think about it in snow. The heaviest used lane is the far right lane, the least used will be the far left lane, except in extremely heavy traffic when they`re all about the same. It`s less likely to be snowed over in the middle of the lanes.

    Also, why didn`t they use the emergency hard shoulder - because 1) that`s for people stopping - they could hit someone who`s pulled over if nobody used it in this scenario 2) the gap that`s been made is just over 1 lane wide (and German autobahns are wide - more room than the emergency lane would offer).
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    August 12, 2013 at 12:06 am
    It`s like the Dick Tracey intro
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    August 12, 2013 at 12:44 am
    English (I say English)
    are very good at providing space for emergency vehicles
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    gladhatter Male 50-59
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    August 12, 2013 at 5:28 am
    I did police work in Germany. That`s pretty accurate. I was however on the autobahn once. Iturned on my emergency eequipment....the guy in front of me slammed on his brakes and I rearended um.
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    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    August 12, 2013 at 7:08 am
    @Fwoggie2

    "Also, why didn`t they use the emergency hard shoulder - because 1) that`s for people stopping"

    They`re not "for people stopping". They`re for emergency use.

    That includes breakdowns. That includes the emergency services getting past traffic.

    This video shows an ambulance being delayed, waiting for traffic to move out of the way and clear a path, because it was blocked from using the emergency lane by vehicles that shouldn`t have been stopped in it.
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    stonker Male 40-49
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    August 12, 2013 at 8:40 am
    Was doing really well until all those fire engines got in his way.
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    kree_ Male 30-39
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    August 12, 2013 at 7:09 pm
    @cody,
    in a few minutes they will start circling traffic around a couple on/off ramps. So that once the accident is cleared everyone is traveling at speed again.

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