LETTER – Failure to slow down at accident scenes is not a rare thing

Re: Editorial, ‘Once again we vow never to let it happen again’

I read your article “Once again” and it struck home as a first responder who has been clipped by vehicles that refused to slow down at accident scenes.

It isn’t an occasional thing it is almost every call we went to. I have been terrified for our crews as we worked on patients and if we couldn’t close the highway they would roar right by us full speed.

We always put road flares or accident signs up a km before the scene and still people didn’t want to slow down. We have had vehicles crash into our rescue truck and had semis going sideways towards us all because they didn’t want to slow down and it creates a real fear that no amount of training could ease.

I am the current Barriere SAR president and former deputy chief for the fire dept so have experienced  everything you described and people need to realize it can happen to them so be proactive!


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