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Drivers Must Yield to Save Lives(中考阅读)  

2013-01-26 21:18:39|  分类: 中考阅读 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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       It’s 9a.m., the morning rush hour inToronto. A man has collapsed on a downtown street. Several passersby stop to help the man.One woman reaches into her purse for her cell phone and hits911,the emergency number.Three minutes later,sirens are heard wailing in the distance as a police car,an ambulance and a fire truck race to the area.The bumper to bumper rush hour traffic magically parts as the emergency response vehicles approach.Within ten minutes,the stricken man is in the back of an ambulance and being whisked (迅速移动)to the hospital for life-saving treatment.
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  This scene is fairly common in Toronto and other major cities.Over the years,cities have developed systems to respond quickly to emergencies.It has resulted in many lives being saved.But none of this would be possible without the cooperation of car drivers who yield to emergency vehicles on busy downtown streets.In fact,it’s against the lawfor drivers not to yield.
  To yield means to give way or,more specifically,to get out of the way.It means pulling to the side of the road to let others pass.As yet,China does not have any specific laws that require drivers to yield,whether it is for slower cars to move over to the inside lane of a highway or for all cars to give way to emergency vehicles.Recently,an injured Beijing cyclist died on the way to hospital because the ambulance carrying himgot stuck in city traffic.Drivers did not yield when they heard the ambulance’s siren.
  In Canada,failing to yield to an emergency vehicle can result in a fine of$400-$2,000and three demerit points off your license.That’s for a first offence.A second offence results in a bigger fine,the loss of your driver’s license for two years and a possible jail sentence.The punishment is severe because lives are at stake.
  Safe driving depends on drivers being aware of the traffic around them and yielding when necessary.And yielding to emergency vehicles only makes sense.It saves lives and,who knows,someday it may save your own.
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