Monday, December 8, 2014

Traffic Direction

Directing traffic can be dangerous.  I try to position my patrol car with all the lights going, directly in the path of at least some of the oncoming traffic.  That way they have to slow down to go around me and they are alerted to something happening ahead.

Keep your eyes moving.  Cars will go around barricades, go the wrong way, ignore you yelling and waving your arms.  You don't want to get run over so don't stand in front if cars if you can avoid it.  Look behind you and turn around often.

If you have a partner, be sure to communicate constantly with them.  Don't change the traffic flow without telling them what you are going to do first.  If you are not sure, or if things get confused, stop everything.  It's easier to sort it out of everyone is stopped.  Safety is more important than traffic flow; that's what the SGT Says.

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