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    Let's make this very simple!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    To run a red light or stop sign is just plain stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Slowing down at intersections when you have the green light is just good common sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There simple and to the point.

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief1FF View Post
    Let's make this very simple!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    To run a red light or stop sign is just plain stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Slowing down at intersections when you have the green light is just good common sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There simple and to the point.

    Mark
    Out of curiousuty, do you slow down at green lights in your personal vehicle?

    You may very well be one of those drivers that I swear at when I'm behind them in traffic.
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    Thumbs down Huh?

    Quote Originally Posted by lcfd3610 View Post
    Stop at the intersection even if it is green, then proceed with caution. Red lights and sirens guarantee nothing.

    I'm still scratching my head over that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireman4949 View Post
    Out of curiousuty, do you slow down at green lights in your personal vehicle?

    You may very well be one of those drivers that I swear at when I'm behind them in traffic.
    You must be the guy behind me who is always giving me the NUMBER 1 sign

    If I come to an intersection with a green light that I did not see turn green I will prepare to slow down if the light starts to change by letting off the gas until I get to the intersection then I will hit the gas again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireman4949 View Post
    Out of curiousuty, do you slow down at green lights in your personal vehicle?

    You may very well be one of those drivers that I swear at when I'm behind them in traffic.
    I'll answer that in parrallel:

    No,

    BUT I'm not doing 15-20 KPH over the posted limit either, which is common practice in an emergency vehicle.

    It only makes sense to slow a little and take a good defensive look, perhaps only the posted limit, but even that little bit will improve your reaction time and stopping distance should somebody try to turn right on a red, or miss the stop all together.

    Even offensive Emergency Driving has a great deal of defense in it.
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    In the commonwealth of Massachusetts the law states all emergency apparatus are to come to a full and complete stop at all Red lights and stop signs regardless of traffic condition. I beleive with is one other state that just recently adopted the same law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PureAdrenalin View Post
    Here is another beautiful example of "red light ricky's"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6fmT9WjnDw

    This is beyond unnaceptable...look at how long the light was green in the opposing direction, I'm pretty sure the engineer never touched the brakes either.
    Here's another one from youtube. You can't see what color the traffic lights are,but another story of a truck almost not making it to the scene.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlQ0t...eature=related

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    I will play since someone started this up again. My buddy sent me this. I believe it has been on here before and I feel this could have been bad.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A5lud7-cJo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief1FF View Post
    Let's make this very simple!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    To run a red light or stop sign is just plain stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Slowing down at intersections when you have the green light is just good common sense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There simple and to the point.

    Mark


    Amen Chief. This is how I drive in my career (paramedic) and in my volunteer career (firefighter). I can't count the times that I have had the green light, and I was going code to a 911 call as a medic when someone has pulled out in front of me on a "right turn on red" intersection. So I slow down even in the Green light to a safe enough speed to help my reaction time. For red Lights/stop signs. Stop every time. No exceptions. Guarantees that my partner, myself and every other person around me at that particular controlled intersection goes home to family safely.

    stay safe out there. You aren't any good to anyone if you don't make it to the scene at all. The extra "seconds" aren't worth the life of everyone you are in contact with.

    Be safe.
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    The Massillon, OH. Fire Departments standard operating procedures for vehicle operations state that drivers should come to a complete stop at a red light only when directed to do so by a law enforcement officer, at blind intersections, when all lanes of traffic cannot be accounted for, or when encountering a stopped school bus with flashing warning lights.
    The due regard to the safety of others shall be paramount at all times, the guidelines state.

    Both the Canton, OH. and Jackson Township, OH. fire departments require their drivers to come to a near stop at a red light or stop sign during an emergency run.
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    note: This was recently made public due to a double fatal accident involving a Quint in Massillon.

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