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Working as a paramedic I am trained to save lives Unfortunately to do this sometimes I have to risk my own by sharing the road with some of the homicidal maniacs we all share the road with each day Every time I respond to a call with the ambulance lights and sirens activated I feel as if I am playing Russian Roulette and tempting the God of motor vehicle accidents to catch up with me He has three weapons in his arsenal First there is what I like to call the Braker The Braker is a motorist who at first may seem just like you or me You may even be sitting next to a Braker right now But somehow he sheds his mild-mannered exterior and becomes a pedal punching demon when behind the wheel of his car Perhaps it is caused by the hypnotic pattern of the sirens wail or the psychedelic flicker of the lights but the Braker becomes a creature of deceleration that throws out conventional physics and jams his brakes on at the first sign of an ambulance Instead of yielding to the right and allowing an ambulance to pass which is the law he suddenly and without warning stands on the brakes leaving a smoking trail of skid marks in his wake like a giant Etch-a-Sketch This causes all those behind him to test their reflexes as well as their brakes to prevent their vehicles from having some perverted form of metallic intercourse on the highway Next is the Ambulance Chaser No I am not referring to lawyers this name applies literally Some people for reasons unknown to me revel in the sight of an ambulance and make it their mission to follow as closely as possible They follow us through red lights and stop signs as if we were one large caravan This is particularly dangerous as most cars seldom yield to ambulances with emergency warning devices and are
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