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Wig Wags: What are they?

by Admin

Posted on 2018-12-05


Ah, Wig Wags. We often wonder what they’re actually called because they’re called, in the Philippines, by the name of Wang-Wang. They’re used for emergency uses like in showing motorists that there’s a dead-end road or an uncompleted road way or ambulance and law enforcement.

 

Last Saturday, as I was heading back home from a mall, I saw a pair of red and blue wig wags about 50 meters from me. Now, I’ve been watching a lot of Alaska State Troopers and LivePD and many other law enforcement tv shows from the U.S. of A.

 

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And I learned that when you see those things turned on, you stop or you’ll be charged with resisting arrest and failure to yield to an officer. So I did but the officer just waved at me to keep going.

 

I know, in the Philippines, the officer’s lights are ALWAYS on so it’s difficult to tell if you’re being pulled over or not. But that’s what you do when you see a pair or reds and blues.

 

Orange means it’s either a road closure, a danger/hazard sign or an ambulance or a bus dropping off kids from school. In those cases, it’s best to keep your speed as low as possible to avoid sudden braking (which might cause the driver behind you to rear-end your car). It may also mean a fire truck.

 

I must also add that there are white wig wag lights and I’ve forgotten what those are for but they serve their own purpose. They’re somewhat rare from what I’ve seen but they can be used if the authorities need them to be used.

 

Oh, and when you see an ambulance or trooper car, ALWAYS let them pass. I’ve seen some drivers, particularly jeeps and taxis, cut off those vehicles. It’s a road courtesy and the more you delay them, the more they’ll become late in preventing a crime from happening or an injured person from meeting medical assistance.

 

Or put out a fire.

 

Reference:Wig Wag Lights