Letter: Why don’t drivers heed police sirens, lights? - East Valley Tribune: Opinion

Letter: Why don’t drivers heed police sirens, lights?

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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 6:10 am

On Tuesday, June 19th, my son and I were crossing Lindsay Road on Broadway, heading west. We had the green light and when we reached half way, a squad car was approaching the intersection, heading southbound, with four more squad cars following behind, all with lights and sirens blaring. While most traffic did stop, for some reason, traffic heading east found no reason to stop, causing the squad cars to stop. Officers had their sirens on and beeping their horns, but to no avail. One officer had to make a quick right turn to avoid hitting one of the those cars that wouldn’t stop. Another officer had to swerve to avoid hitting another car and almost t-boned an eastbound car.

What is wrong with people? I’m quite sure if those folks needed police assistance, they would not want any traffic delays, but there they were, causing delays. What they did could cost so many innocent people, let alone an officer, their lives.

Is that one-tenth of a second they saved by going through that green light really worth a life? Take the Bluetooth and/or iPod ear plugs out of your ears and pay attention, people. What if someone was stopped (as they should be) and you rear-ended them, pushing them in the path of one of those officers? Is that one-tenth of a second really worth it? Think about it folks, for all our sakes.

Judi Augustine


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