In a strange case of ownself-pawn-ownself, a dude posted a video of him on YouTube honking and swearing at an ambulance reversing into the path of his car .
While the video has been taken down -- probably due to the backlash -- Beh Chia Lor, a Facebook page for traffic accidents and near-calls, saved it for posterity and reposted on their Facebook page yesterday.
Posted by Beh Chia Lor - Singapore Road on Friday, 4 March 2016
According to the post, the fella also apparently wrote in to the Traffic Police to complain about his "road bullying behavior", which come to think about it, is weird since Hokkien swearwords flowed freely like it was Ladies Night.
Here's his complaint letter:
"Dear Sir / Madam,
I would like to report an incident happened today on 298c compassvale street hdb premises at the pick up shelter , I was travelling along the lane straight passing through the shelter of blk 298c compassvale street when the above said ambulance SKN8703Z suddenly was reversing his way out from the shelter using the wrong way instead of front out , he tried to reversed out using the opposite direction traffic flow recklessly and dangerously failing to look out for pedestrians or oncoming traffic , he reversed out from minor road to major road suddenly dashed out into my lane without checking out for oncoming traffic , I horned to warn him of apporaching but he continued to reversed and even almost causing an accident and even horned back in retaliation . he still continue to reversed into me resulting me to swerve right and jam brakes to avoid a collision.luckily there was no car or motorcycle travelling along side with me i feared for the pedestrians crossing the road behind him as the results would be disastrous. and like as if trying to cause an accident.
After that in the main road he chased and followed me as seen in the video provided . and as we stopped at the traffic light . he wind down the window and gestured at me , when i wind down the window, He claimed that he was in the emergency and retorted that I should give way to him even if he reversed without checking blind spot or failed to check for oncoming traffic. There was no siren or urgency when the whole incident happened and I am very sure he made it up saying it was an emergency vehicle. I wonder if it was an emergency he still would have the time to tailgate and follow me and even later argued with me over the incident if he was really in an emergency.
This driver of the ambulance is very reckless and dangerous driver ,inconsiderate and unmindful of his road manners and display road bullying behavior . He is not fir to serve the public with his disgusting ethics and driving behavior . He has also commiting an offence.I have recorded his actions on my driving recorder and
uploaded to the email attachment.
I am totally disgusted with his actions and dangerous driving. He has totally have no regard for safety and also violated traffic rules and regulations. Endangering other motorists behind him and also causing distress and
alarm towards me. his road and driving manners and ethics should be dealt with severely. please look into the video using a driving DV recorder provided at the time and take the appropriate action against this dangerous and inconsiderate."
Netizens were quick to point out that emergency vehicles have the right of way. The Road Traffic Act stipulates that:
Ambulance, fire engine, etc., to have right of way
12.—(1) Any vehicle used as an ambulance, or as a fire engine or for military, police, civil defence or customs purposes shall, when on an urgent duty call, have the right of way over all other traffic if such vehicle makes known its approach by means of some distinctive siren, bell or multi-toned horn, as the case may be.
(2) All traffic shall on the approach of any such vehicle, draw in as close to the left-hand or right-hand edge of the roadway as possible and all vehicles shall be brought to a standstill to allow a clear passage for such vehicle.
(3) Such action shall only be required of traffic when the vehicle is giving its recognised audible warning.
(4) Paragraph (1) shall not relieve the driver of any vehicle used for the purposes mentioned in that paragraph of his liability under the provisions of any law relating to dangerous, rash or negligent driving.
Although we cannot confirm whether the siren was on, its blinkers were definitely on and the driver of the car had enough time to react IF he stopped at the stop line.
And hey, giving way to emergency vehicles is good karma ain't it?
Top photo from video.