Originally Posted by DimSum
Then your agency's policy is in direct conflict with your State Statutes, and a huge liability bomb waiting to drop. https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/sfm/pro...VehicleOps.pdf
Specifically this paragraph:
This provision does not relieve the driver of an authorized emergencyvehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of persons usingthe street, nor does it protect the driver of an authorized emergency vehiclefrom the consequence of a reckless disregard of the safety of others.
And the other thing...I think you are being a little too literal in terms of shutting down-after all, how much time will you loose if you slow and shut it down until you safely pass? What, 30-40 seconds? Compare that minimal loss of time to the delay that happens when you wreck it-or cause another car/horse/whatever to wreck it. Been there, done that, bought the suspension and the guilt.
Hmm. It does sound like it, doesn't it? I'll have to ask another precept what their rules are. Maybe they consider slowing and moving enough regard for their safety? I'm not trying to start an argument, just repeating what I've been told by the higher ups. :p for what it's worth, I've had a wailing police car blast by us on horseback, but that wasn't an ambulance. So, maybe different situation. Now I feel like I should investigate... I'll get back to you with my findings, though, not in this thread...
Sorry op. I agree, we didn't mean to hijack! I do agree with what you've said about road safety. Neon is good... I saw a vest somewhere that was neon reflective yellow that said "slow down, horse in training" that I thought was a good idea. Posted via Mobile Device