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Offline BRealistic

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Vanessa K. free emergency service act of 2005 (Tn)
« on: December 29, 2005, 08:18:40 pm »
Vanessa K. free emergency service act of 2005 (Tn)


I bring this up because a situation of great loss was used to support better training for emergency vehicle drivers. I think Catman will remember my post at C&D two years back about a family (in my parent's church) that lost their college student daughter in Chattanooga due to a new deputy running a traffic light and T-boning the vehicle she was a passenger in. The office was not running lights and sirens, and was following another officer running lights and sirens by a large gap.


Well, the family decided to do something about this. This is the new Tennessee law they passed this year (called: the Vanessa K. free emergency service act of 2005, after Vanessa K. that lost her life due to improper police procedure in Chattanooga):

http://tennessee.gov/sos/acts/104/pub/pc0243.pdf

more info:

http://tnars.org/newsletters/vol11_num2.pdf

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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2005, 10:00:51 am »
So it makes it that people operating emergency vehicles requires proper training?

Anyways, what exactly is the law on emergency vehicles not running lights and sirens though?  
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2005, 02:26:31 pm »
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So it makes it that people operating emergency vehicles requires proper training?

Anyways, what exactly is the law on emergency vehicles not running lights and sirens though?
Laws are only as good as they are enforced. I doubt it is legal for any emergency vehicle to blow through a redlight at speed without running lights and sirens anywhere in the U.S., but is this enforced? By forcing better and more frequent training, these emergency drivers can develop better habits.

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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2005, 03:09:30 pm »
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So it makes it that people operating emergency vehicles requires proper training?

Anyways, what exactly is the law on emergency vehicles not running lights and sirens though?
Laws are only as good as they are enforced. I doubt it is legal for any emergency vehicle to blow through a redlight at speed without running lights and sirens anywhere in the U.S., but is this enforced? By forcing better and more frequent training, these emergency drivers can develop better habits.
I had a copper make an illegal left and almost hit me (then he pushed through a yellow-turning-red, all without his lights on--he then stopped at the next red, where I caught up to him) in front of another copper and he didn't do shit.  I knew he wouldn't, but I was still aghast.
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