The shrill, piercing sound of an emergency vehicle filled the air as I was driving down Ramon Road. A firetruck with red, flashing lights was coming up behind me — and scores of other motorists on the road.

I, along with some others, pulled to the side of the street to make ample room for the firetruck to pass and get to the emergency to which they were summoned.

Other drivers kept motoring forward seemingly oblivious to the sirens behind them.

The driver tapped his horn. Only then did motorist seem to pay heed. Some stopped in the middle of the street, forcing the firetruck to maneuver around them.

All the while, there was an emergency awaiting the firefighters’ arrival.

Were you among those motorists who refused to pull over? Your disobedience of the law could have made the difference between life and death.

If you don’t know the rules of the road, you ought not be behind the wheel.

As an abbreviated refresher course, the California Vehicle Code section pertaining to emergency vehicles says that, “When approached by an emergency vehicle, which is sounding a siren and displaying a forward facing red-light, all vehicular traffic shall yield the right-of-way and drive to the right side of the roadway and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed.”

It’s really quite simple. Move.

Show some respect. Obey the law. You might be the one needing an emergency responder the next time.