Get Out of My Way
Monday, July 1st, 2013
Sirens were traditionally reserved for emergency vehicles: police vehicles in pursuit of criminals, ambulances conveying the sick to the emergency ward, the fire service on emergency runs, and, occasionally, senior state officials attending ceremonial functions. My
first encounter with the sound of a siren happened when I was a kid. There was a Wema Bank branch close to my father’s shop in our home town, and two or three times every week, there were these police vehicles that come to the bank to bring or take away money. The sirens on the vehicles were so loud that they could be heard when they were still hundreds of metres away. On hearing the siren, everybody usually scampered for safety because the policemen driving the vehicles had the habit of driving recklessly, without any regard for pedestrians’ safety or that of other road users.
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