A little more than two years ago, Stephanie Richardson was traveling south here on Sierra Street when a Miata blew threw the red light on Maple street...the impact was so strong, it toppled the car Stephanie was driving...a Toyota Four Runner.
"The impact of it felt like a monster picking it up, the flip over was slow mo...when the car flipped my hand went with it and it skidded and took off my fingers."
Stunned...Stephanie says she got out of the car...and stood on the street corner, a security officer from Circus Circus wrapped and held her injured hand up in the air.That's when the pain started to settle in.
"Second later the pain started, and that wait for the ambulance felt like an eternity."
The crushing injury would require four surgeries, and the loss of her fingers...that's what she wants drivers to think about when they hear lights and siren.
" Who is hurt? Who could be dying at this moment, and just get off the road."
What you want to see on the roadway when an emergency crew sounds its siren and runs its lights, a straightaway where all cars are pulled to the right so that emergency vehicles can get through.
But unfortunately too often emergency crews say, that is not what is happening. Vehicles completely ignore the lights and sirens and the rules of the road, here the cars just won't get out of the way,
one pulls to the right, the other to the left...then the car on the left pulls over to the right.
In many cases the driver just stops in his lane in the middle of the street. " When you start talking about a 38-thousand pound fire truck they don't stop very easy, the ladder truck behind that stops even less, so its important that people pull over."
Austin Stowe a REMSA Paramedic says sometimes drivers take matters into their own hands. " We see all the time we are coming up to a light, and someone wants to get out of the way, so they run the red light, to get out of our way, and that is absolutely horrible."
The logic of pulling to the right is simple, the left lane is then open for emergency vehicles to travel,
" We like to stay on the left cause that's our space" says Capt. Sheuerman.
Tomorrow in our special coverage we'll show you what to do when traffic is congested and lights and sirens are coming up behind you.