Sirens without Lights; Has this ever happened to you?
The other day, I was driving down a busy road in Brooklyn when I heard a siren. I looked in my rear view mirror...no lights. Side view mirrors...no lights. Hmmm, wheres the siren coming from. And the sounds is getting closer but still no lights! A few seconds later, I see an ambulance coming up behind me (without any lights on) and decide that this is the ambulance trying to get through traffic.
This was at about 6:30am on a typical day here in New York.
Has this ever happened to you? You're really tired after that long shift that's just about to end but you get dispatched to your last job for the night. I did it a few times back when I worked as a medic. I think we all do it. Some maybe not as often as others.
Unfortunately, this poses a great risk to us and the public. But theres such an easy fix to this. Whenever the sirens are activated, the lights should automatically turn on for a fixed amount of time (and the lights should stay on after the siren is turned off!). This would at least allow the emergency vehicle to get through an intersection with lights activated. Or maybe just activate the primary lightbar.
Either way, theres no need for any additional accidents when there's an easy fix.
Let's make a difference!