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9:06 AM Mon, Nov. 19th

Letter: Knee-jerk drivers endanger cyclists

EDITOR:

Ambulances, police and fire vehicles immediately respond to emergencies, and we love and appreciate them for the jobs they do.

However, time and time again, when I see and hear emergency vehicles coming with their sirens blaring, the drivers in their way freak out, because congested traffic makes it impossible to pull over, and drivers understandably just stop in their tracks.

Today I saw a motorcyclist go down because an ambulance shot through traffic and hit their sirens at a very busy intersection. As a result of heavy traffic and nowhere to go, drivers panicked, hit their brakes, and this unfortunate biker had to lay it down. It was awful to watch from across the intersection. And nobody got out to help this man. I could not because I was on the other side of the intersection facing a red light, and the ambulance was blaring through the intersection. Another ambulance was in the lane next to me, and turned, leaving the scene entirely.

I believe this biker going down was a direct result of an ambulance in a hurry during heavy traffic at a busy intersection.

I realize they're doing their jobs, and most likely are trying to save a life, but it almost cost an innocent biker his life in the chaos of it all.

Emergency vehicle responders in heavy traffic need training for those situations. Otherwise, they're seriously jeopardizing public safety and causing other accidents to occur.

Mark Kaufman

Prescott