Take a deep breath.
No one else is slowing down.
The car behind is not YET close.
I HAVE TO PULL OVER AND STOP.
IT’S THE LAW!
But … WHERE?
Still, no one else is slowing down.
The car behind is close, not on my bumper, but close.
I tap my brakes,
Watching my rear view mirror.
Watching in front
As the lights are quickly approaching.
The siren is blaring
As the vehicle accelerates.
Where do I go?
I’m on a mile long bridge.
There are only two lanes.
No extra space.
A mid line,
An outside rail.
I come to a complete stop as the car in front of me also stops.
And yet, the car behind has not stopped.
My eyes alternate, front/back, front/back, front/back,
The car behind stops,
Inches from my rear bumper.
The sheriff’s car races by … lights … sirens …
Slowly traffic resumes on the mile long bridge.
When does following the law or the rules seem dangerous? What is the alternative?
The question remains:
How does one follow the law and pull over to the side of the road for an emergency vehicle when on a bridge without a “side of the road?
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