After I deposited every child at their respective schools this morning, I went food shopping at my local OMG HOW much did I spend? grocery store.
Load the vehicle.
But on my drive home, I encountered a situation that had me scratching my head.
I was in the left-turn-only lane (facing east) and my arrow turned green....meaning the only people allowed to drive were the ones in the left turn lane. Same for the cars facing west. All was moving smoothly.
Now...I don't know about you, but even when I have the right-of-way, I'm moving my eyes around to see what the other cars are doing. I'm generally not in the mood to get hit by some nimrod who's too busy texting to watch the traffic lights...know what I'm sayin'?
So as I'm turning left, I notice that there's a police car in the west-facing lanes who is inching his way through the intersection to go straight. Please note that his lights were NOT flashing and he wasn't honking or giving any other indication that he might be on his way to something urgent. He was just driving. It appeared that he assumed he had the right-of-way simply because he was driving a police cruiser.
When I see lights flashing or hear sirens blaring, I pull over. Always. Cuz....DUH. So my immediate thought was to keep driving.
No lights? No emergency.
No sirens? No emergency.
No honking horn? No emergency.
But then I thought...Did I just break a law? Was I required to stop and let him through? Is it simply a common courtesy to allow an officer the right-of-way? In the absence of lights and sirens, I normally treat a police car as just another car on the road.
So I'll ask my loyal readers:
What do you think? What would you have done? Was I wrong?