A driver who remained in the fast lane of the freeway, and refused to yield to an ambulance carrying a child in critical condition, was fined and had their license revoked, police said today, March 12.
The National Highway police Bureau said that yesterday morning, an ambulance carrying a critically-ill child from a hospital in Taichung City to Taipei Veteran’s General hospital was impeded by the driver of a black Ford sedan on the Jhubei to Hukou Road section.
The ambulance driver had the siren turned on, used his horn, and called the driver on the loudhailer, but to no avail, as the driver continued traveling in the fast lane and refused to yield. Finally, after 49 seconds, the ambulance driver had an opportunity to overtake the offending vehicle on the right.
The child’s mother, angered at the behavior of the driver, uploaded video of the incident to social media at around 3:00pm the same afternoon.
National Highway Second Brigade stated that after confirming the identity of the driver, the person was issued a fine of NT$3,600, and had their license revoked. Police said that drivers should yield when they hear sirens from emergency vehicles, including ambulances, fire trucks, and police vehicles.
The child’s mother told concerned citizens who responded to the incident on social media that her child arrived at the hospital smoothly and in currently under observation.
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