Waynesboro Police Officer Slams anoth...

Waynesboro Police Officer Slams another Car

There are 25 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Jan 16, 2013, titled Waynesboro Police Officer Slams another Car. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Friday night in Waynesboro, a police officer responding to a call for a domestic dispute crashed into another car at the intersection of Main Street and Arch Avenue.

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Carla Frazier

Charlottesville, VA

#23 Jan 21, 2013
Helen Hevener wrote:
Quit judging the policeman so quickly on this one. A policeman gets a call that there is domestic dispute going on- at least one of the people involved had a weapon on them. The policeman turns his lights and siren on and responds to the call. Somebody driving down the road see's police lights and hears a siren but they dont pull over to the side - they just keep driving. I am in no way see where this would be the policeman's fault. Put yourself in the shoes of the person who was being threatened with a weapon. Person is standing there holding a gun on you- do you want the police to come as slowly as they can- or do you want them to get their before you get shot at and maybe killed!!
I do feel sorry for the 71 year old man and his family- but to me- to keep driving when you hear a siren and see flashing lights- is a disrespect to the policeman.
It ended up because the man didnt pull off the road and a wreck occurred that it took them three more hours to catch the assailant with a gun.
Please people have enough respect to pull over to the side if you see a police car with lights going and his siren on!!
This was a lose lose situation for the policeman- If he hadnt tried to get their in a hurry- somebody would have said "policeman dont even respond in an appropriate amount of time." As it was the policeman tried to get their in a timely manner and because people disrequarded his siren and lights- it caused a wreck- and three additional hours to catch the assailant!!!
I dont always agree with the police- but I do realize they have a job to do. If I had been the person with a gun held to them- I would have wanted the cops really fast. I cannot fault the policeman on this one!!!
One of the first rules of driving I had learned in Drivers Training- when you see police lights and hear a siren- pull over and let the emergency vehichles through!!!
You are a moron who clearly knows nothing about what actually happened. For one thing NOTHING states this was a 71 year old man and it was not. For two, she had NO chance to stop when she heard a siren or saw a flashing light because when she saw lights they were hitting her in the drivers door. For three, it happened because the officer t-boned her NOT because she didnít not pull over! You donít pull over for a car coming into your side!! Unless you actually know what you are talking about STOP posting!
Real Reality

Charlottesville, VA

#24 Jan 21, 2013
Back to Reality wrote:
If 71-year olds in Hyundais would just stop getting in the way of police cars running red lights, this problem would stop.
All cars should be equipped with police scanners so that when people hear a call come in, they can pull into a parking lot and wait for the all-clear.
Back to Reality you need to go back under your rock. Reality is you can't stop or pull over when someone is speeding and your view is blocked by buildings. Unless have some x-ray vision. Age has nothing to do with this. We will be glad for you to pay for all the scanners. Your reality needs to checked!!
ohpleeezzze

Waynesboro, VA

#25 Jan 22, 2013
Helen Hevener wrote:
Quit judging the policeman so quickly on this one. A policeman gets a call that there is domestic dispute going on- at least one of the people involved had a weapon on them. The policeman turns his lights and siren on and responds to the call. Somebody driving down the road see's police lights and hears a siren but they dont pull over to the side - they just keep driving. I am in no way see where this would be the policeman's fault. Put yourself in the shoes of the person who was being threatened with a weapon. Person is standing there holding a gun on you- do you want the police to come as slowly as they can- or do you want them to get their before you get shot at and maybe killed!!
I do feel sorry for the 71 year old man and his family- but to me- to keep driving when you hear a siren and see flashing lights- is a disrespect to the policeman.
It ended up because the man didnt pull off the road and a wreck occurred that it took them three more hours to catch the assailant with a gun.
Please people have enough respect to pull over to the side if you see a police car with lights going and his siren on!!
This was a lose lose situation for the policeman- If he hadnt tried to get their in a hurry- somebody would have said "policeman dont even respond in an appropriate amount of time." As it was the policeman tried to get their in a timely manner and because people disrequarded his siren and lights- it caused a wreck- and three additional hours to catch the assailant!!!
I dont always agree with the police- but I do realize they have a job to do. If I had been the person with a gun held to them- I would have wanted the cops really fast. I cannot fault the policeman on this one!!!
One of the first rules of driving I had learned in Drivers Training- when you see police lights and hear a siren- pull over and let the emergency vehichles through!!!
Did you look at the picture and read the article. This happened at the INTERSECTION of arch and main. It's called DEFENSIVE DRIVING which shows the officer was not paying attention to what was in front of her, she had what is called TUNNEL VISION. With tunnel vision you don't see anything around you but what is right in front of you, this is what causes many accidents,because your mind is somewhere else and not on what it should be, like driving. You have got to anticipate what others MIGHT DO and be prepared for anything. Yes, I've driven emergency vehicles before and I know. As for cops getting there fast, if they have an accident they WON'T get there at ALL!
It won't help you if they're pinned in a wreck and cannot respond. Think about it. Slow response or no response?
ohpleeezzze

Waynesboro, VA

#26 Jan 22, 2013
Carla Frazier wrote:
Most of these posts appear to come from idiots who know NOTHING about the actual accident! Law enforcement certainly needs to respond to a call quickly; however NOT at the risk of other citizens, and BEFORE you assume that my mother should have yielded to the officer let me explain to you that this is a blind intersection and she could NOT have seen the officer coming until already in the middle of the intersection where she was considering her light was green. Nobody is trying to bash the officer however she WAS in the wrong! So before you start assuming that my mother should have yielded get your facts straight! And most certainly do NOT take stabs at her for her age; she is a quite competent 71 years old who still works and drives every day and before this incident has NEVER had an accident or ticket!
Sounds like she is a lot more competent than some of these posters. These idiots only think they know, but as I've read the comments,they know nothing at all!
ohpleeezzze

Waynesboro, VA

#27 Jan 22, 2013
Kelly S wrote:
When you are driving through intersections, you should be aware of what else may be coming through, such as emergency vehicles, or even citizens who are not paying attention to lights that have changed.
I hope all involved are doing okay...
It's also for emergency vehicle operators to drive defensively and be aware of others on the road,especially at intersections and to expect the unexpected and be ready for anything. My dad told me a story once about a friend of his who was driving and came upon 2 kids pulling a box across the road, they ran and left the box in the road. He avoided hitting it and after he had passed by,he looked in the rearview mirror and saw a kid climb out from under this box. The moral of the story is be alert and drive defensively. It may save someones life.

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