Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Emergency Vehicles

http://www.policeone.com/vehicle-incidents/articles/7277612-NY-assigns-flashing-lights-sirens-vehicles-to-town-officials/?fb_ref=homepage

Cities in New York state have been giving vehicles equipped with red flashing lights and sirens to various officials.  They include the comptroller, and other elected officials who are part of an emergency management team.

I am opposed to giving emergency equipment to anyone who is not a first responder and driving an emergency vehicle.  If any of these other people need to respond to an incident then they can either drive there normally or they can ride in a police vehicle.

Many citizens don't pull over of police and fire vehicles now, having non-first responders with emergency equipment further dilutes the respect for first responder vehicles.  I also suspect the people who are driving these vehicles are neither professional drivers, nor have they attended emergency driving school.  I also wonder if their driving records are checked and rechecked periodically as they are with police.  It could be a significant liability for their agency; that's what the SGT Says.

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