Lights and Sirens Can Save Your Life

Posted on February 14, 2012 · Posted in Auto Electrical Repairs

It’s a sight few people like to see: red and blue colored lights swirling in your rearview mirror. Usually it means you’re speeding or have committed some other kind of traffic violation. You’re about to get pulled over and face a fine. Not usually a good time.

However, there are times when seeing a Code 3 lightbar in your mirror is a welcome sight. After an accident on an icy cold day, seeing the siren lights approaching means the process of issuing tickets and interviewing witnesses is about to begin. The sooner it starts, the sooner you can get back to your nice warm home, even if the judgment is against you.

Now let’s take the same accident and put a new spin on it. Instead of waiting for just the police lights you are also waiting for the amber lights of a tow truck. You need towing because you’re sitting in a ditch.

At this point, you’re probably wishing that the amber glow of a snowplow had gone by recently. If the road was clear, you may not have spun out. In a feat of bitter irony, a plow will probably come by just as the tow truck is pulling you out. At least its arrival might stop the next poor schmuck from sliding off the road and getting stranded.

Let’s ratchet up the danger and say you’re injured in the above scenario. As your heart rate slows and your breathing gets more erratic, seeing the red and white flashing lights of a fire truck or EMT workers is a very welcome sight to see. They can perform life-saving services like cardiopulmonary resuscitation, defibrillation, stopping bleeding, preventing shock, and some quick splinting of bone fractures. If you ride in an ambulance to the hospital, its sirens will sound to warn other drivers to get out of the way. So now the lights and the sirens are all working in your favor.

Let’s revisit the accident now as the worst-case scenario. Sadly, you died in the crash. After you’ve been pronounced dead at the hospital, there’s nothing anyone can do for you but await the arrival of a hearse to take you to the funeral home of your choice. Make sure you’ve prepared a will in advance, because you have no say out of a mouth that can’t talk!

When your funeral procession starts, the hearse will use an amber colored lightbar to transport your body to the cemetery. The other cars in the procession might get jealous because they don’t get lights. As a consolation, they get little flags on their hoods. Traffic pulls over to let the somber line of vehicles make its path. If you’re not already weeping at your passing, you may find it interesting to learn that in some states purple lights are permitted to denote a funeral vehicle.

Now put the tissues away and don’t mourn the sight of colorful lights on the road. In some cases, seeing Code 3 lightbars in your mirrors is a good thing.