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Officer on emergency call injured in wreck -

There are 46 comments on the Newsday story from Aug 1, 2007, titled Officer on emergency call injured in wreck -. In it, Newsday reports that:

A Suffolk County police officer was hospitalized with face, neck and back pain Wednesday evening after his cruiser collided with a moving car at a Bohemia intersection, police said.

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Jody

United States

#2 Aug 2, 2007
Cops don't look out for people. And you can't always see or hear them coming.
LI Watch

AOL

#3 Aug 2, 2007
If you can't see the flashing lights and you can't hear those sirens...you shouldn't be driving. It also means that you're probably on your cellphone or have your radio turned up so loud that Hellen Keller could hear it.

As I said...if the lights and sirens can't get your attention you shouldn't be on the road.
Dirty Sanchez

Milford, CT

#4 Aug 2, 2007
Jody wrote:
Cops don't look out for people. And you can't always see or hear them coming.
Give me a break. If you pry the cell phone off of your ear, turn down the radio, put down the makeup and stop playing with your IPod, it's very easy to hear and/or see an emergency vehicle coming through an intersection.

People need to get their heads out of their a$$es, and let the police do their job.
bill dikant

Queensbury, NY

#5 Aug 2, 2007
LI Watch wrote:
If you can't see the flashing lights and you can't hear those sirens...you shouldn't be driving. It also means that you're probably on your cellphone or have your radio turned up so loud that Hellen Keller could hear it.
As I said...if the lights and sirens can't get your attention you shouldn't be on the road.
LI Watch, you said it all!.People do not yield right of way to any emergency vehicle.Drivers use the portable Bell invention with out do care, have the getto blasters at full blast, reading the papers or something,and on and on and on. Hey you Iditdtz, Drive right or park it.
bill dikant

Queensbury, NY

#6 Aug 2, 2007
Jody wrote:
Cops don't look out for people. And you can't always see or hear them coming.
Jody, turn down your getto blaster, and dont call or talk to anyone on your cell phone.Then you will see and hear 'em when you drive.
Tom

Medford, NY

#7 Aug 2, 2007
...why weren't the cars impounded for safety checks?....LOL
Bored at work

Washington, DC

#8 Aug 2, 2007
Jody wrote:
Cops don't look out for people. And you can't always see or hear them coming.
Are you kidding me?? How is it possible for a motorist to "miss" a speeding emergency vehicle, driving with lights and sirens (that are EXTREMELY loud I might add)??? Give me a break....that was such an idiotic statement!!!!! Remind me to NEVER get into a car with you!!!!
qwerty

United States

#11 Aug 2, 2007
A police car still needs to stop at EVERY intersection when they are traveling with the lights and sirens on. I'm sure the officer was traveling the speed limit, stopping at every stop light and looking both ways to a report of a CHILD STRUCK. I haven't yet seen that happen, but OK. What I have seen in those types of situations are a lot of smoking brakes after the cops arrive for any call involving a child.

I have been operating ambulances for the past nine years and will guarantee that many, many people, through no fault of their own, simply do not hear the sirens or see the red lights. Give the guy a break.
DWW

Wellesley, MA

#12 Aug 2, 2007
LI Watch wrote:
If you can't see the flashing lights and you can't hear those sirens...you shouldn't be driving. It also means that you're probably on your cellphone or have your radio turned up so loud that Hellen Keller could hear it.
As I said...if the lights and sirens can't get your attention you shouldn't be on the road.
I saw it.
If you knew the area it happened (or newsday could actual write a descriptive article) you would know that the cop car was going through a very long underpass (under sunrise hwy). So O'Brien didn't hear or see sirens until he came out which is about 50 ft from the intersection.
SO O'Brien didn't see the cop and the cop probably didn't see him until the last second. Its sounds like O'Brien had the green light or he would have rec'd a ticket.
That's why its called an accident.
Fact or Fiction

Warren, NJ

#13 Aug 2, 2007
qwerty wrote:
A police car still needs to stop at EVERY intersection when they are traveling with the lights and sirens on. I'm sure the officer was traveling the speed limit, stopping at every stop light and looking both ways to a report of a CHILD STRUCK. I haven't yet seen that happen, but OK. What I have seen in those types of situations are a lot of smoking brakes after the cops arrive for any call involving a child.
I have been operating ambulances for the past nine years and will guarantee that many, many people, through no fault of their own, simply do not hear the sirens or see the red lights. Give the guy a break.
Emergency vehicles do NOT have to stop at intersections. They should proceed with caution, drivers need to get their heads out of their asses when driving. YOU need to pay attention, stay off the phone, lower the radio. I have heard sirens long before seeing the vehicle, that means when Im approaching the intersectuion with the green light Im looking for the emergency vehicle. Drivers dont yield any more, I witnesses this early this morning. I heard sirens and saw the lights comming up behind me, me and several others pulled off and stopped, once he passed we continued on. The light up ahead was red, the ambulance wanst traveling fast at all but no one and I mean no one at the intersection stopped. The light and siren were going, the driver was blowing the horn as they inched out into the intersection but yet the morons kept comming. I dont know whats going on here but it sems like more an more drivers are not aware of whats going on around them. I dont know what happened here and since this is the 3rd accident in just a few days, something needs to be looked at. Are these officers rookies, do the officers need additional road training, maybe they shouldnt be traveling alone any more, a partner can be a second set of eyes. We cannot have the Police and emergency stopping at every intersection, but we do need a bit more caution.
Fact or Fiction

Warren, NJ

#14 Aug 2, 2007
qwerty wrote:
A police car still needs to stop at EVERY intersection when they are traveling with the lights and sirens on. I'm sure the officer was traveling the speed limit, stopping at every stop light and looking both ways to a report of a CHILD STRUCK. I haven't yet seen that happen, but OK. What I have seen in those types of situations are a lot of smoking brakes after the cops arrive for any call involving a child.
I have been operating ambulances for the past nine years and will guarantee that many, many people, through no fault of their own, simply do not hear the sirens or see the red lights. Give the guy a break.
Who cannot hear the sirens ? I can agree with not seeing the lights right away but unless your deaf, or blasting you radio, yapping on the phone, OR just simply not paying attention, you should be abloe to hear the sirens from quite a distance. Drivers today just arent concentrating on driving any more, to many toys to play with.
bill dikant

Queensbury, NY

#15 Aug 2, 2007
qwerty wrote:
A police car still needs to stop at EVERY intersection when they are traveling with the lights and sirens on. I'm sure the officer was traveling the speed limit, stopping at every stop light and looking both ways to a report of a CHILD STRUCK. I haven't yet seen that happen, but OK. What I have seen in those types of situations are a lot of smoking brakes after the cops arrive for any call involving a child.
I have been operating ambulances for the past nine years and will guarantee that many, many people, through no fault of their own, simply do not hear the sirens or see the red lights. Give the guy a break.
Ummmmmmmm, no fault of their own????????? Whose then, the tooth fairy!. 23+ years driving an ambulance.
SayvilleResident

United States

#16 Aug 2, 2007
I saw the wreck last night, and the police car smashed the heck out of the Saturn. There are ALWAYS accidents on the corner of Lakeland and Sunrise! I am constantly listening to the sirens from my apartment complex. Listen, we all should constantly be paying attention when we are driving, and always expect the unexpected, but we do not know what happened. Was the cop car speeding? It was 90 degrees outside yesterday, and most of us have our a/c on, and perhaps the radio. These police cars should "slow up" at the lights, or stop. You cannot assume that people are going to see or hear you. The Saturn was smashed to crap, and I can't believe that they wrote that the police won't file any charges, or whatever it is they wrote. It was clearly the cops fault. If you are crossing that intersection, you really cannot see what is coming from your left, until it is too late. It is a bad spot, and the DOT should so something about it, and perhaps have the police slow down at lights, when they do not have the right of way.

Since: Apr 07

Lon Gisland

#17 Aug 2, 2007
qwerty wrote:
A police car still needs to stop at EVERY intersection when they are traveling with the lights and sirens on.
Not stop, but slow down to ensure safe passage.

1104. Authorized emergency vehicles.(a) The driver of an authorized
emergency vehicle, when involved in an emergency operation, may exercise
the privileges set forth in this section, but subject to the conditions
herein stated.
(b) The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle may:
1. Stop, stand or park irrespective of the provisions of this title;
2. Proceed past a steady red signal, a flashing red signal or a stop
sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe
operation;
Fact or Fiction

New York, NY

#18 Aug 2, 2007
DWW wrote:
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I saw it.
If you knew the area it happened (or newsday could actual write a descriptive article) you would know that the cop car was going through a very long underpass (under sunrise hwy). So O'Brien didn't hear or see sirens until he came out which is about 50 ft from the intersection.
SO O'Brien didn't see the cop and the cop probably didn't see him until the last second. Its sounds like O'Brien had the green light or he would have rec'd a ticket.
That's why its called an accident.
Hate to disagree but the siren would have been amplified while he was in the underpass. He may not have seen the lights but he should have heard the sirens. The officer should have also taken precaution when he entered this intersection.
Fact or Fiction

New York, NY

#19 Aug 2, 2007
SayvilleResident wrote:
I saw the wreck last night, and the police car smashed the heck out of the Saturn. There are ALWAYS accidents on the corner of Lakeland and Sunrise! I am constantly listening to the sirens from my apartment complex. Listen, we all should constantly be paying attention when we are driving, and always expect the unexpected, but we do not know what happened. Was the cop car speeding? It was 90 degrees outside yesterday, and most of us have our a/c on, and perhaps the radio. These police cars should "slow up" at the lights, or stop. You cannot assume that people are going to see or hear you. The Saturn was smashed to crap, and I can't believe that they wrote that the police won't file any charges, or whatever it is they wrote. It was clearly the cops fault. If you are crossing that intersection, you really cannot see what is coming from your left, until it is too late. It is a bad spot, and the DOT should so something about it, and perhaps have the police slow down at lights, when they do not have the right of way.
Funny how you can hear the siresn but the drivers that get hit never seem to hear them
SayvilleResident

United States

#20 Aug 2, 2007
Fact or Fiction wrote:
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Funny how you can hear the siresn but the drivers that get hit never seem to hear them
Yea, the sirens I hear are those of the ambulances getting to the scene of the "accidents" after people are constantly getting smacked at the intersection of Lakeland, and the Sunrise Hwy. Service Road.

It's a lot different being in an apartment, with windows opened, practically no noise in the place, compared to being in a car, road noise, a/c on, perhaps the radio playing, etc.
LIer

Bronx, NY

#21 Aug 2, 2007
LI Watch wrote:
If you can't see the flashing lights and you can't hear those sirens...you shouldn't be driving. It also means that you're probably on your cellphone or have your radio turned up so loud that Hellen Keller could hear it.
As I said...if the lights and sirens can't get your attention you shouldn't be on the road.
You're right about the cell phones, but in my experience, if you got the AC on,(likely, in this weather), radio on a normal volume, windows closed, it's not all that hard to miss an approaching emergency vehicle. I find myself, if I even THINK I hear a siren, I kill the radio and crack a window to see what direction it might be coming from. But with so many of these happening,(another one in Nassau, I read), I think the police need to be more realistic when they go screaming through a busy intersection and use at least SOME caution. Is EVERY call a split-second, life or death situation?
LIer

Bronx, NY

#22 Aug 2, 2007
DWW wrote:
<quoted text>
I saw it.
If you knew the area it happened (or newsday could actual write a descriptive article) you would know that the cop car was going through a very long underpass (under sunrise hwy). So O'Brien didn't hear or see sirens until he came out which is about 50 ft from the intersection.
SO O'Brien didn't see the cop and the cop probably didn't see him until the last second. Its sounds like O'Brien had the green light or he would have rec'd a ticket.
That's why its called an accident.
That's probably exactly what happened. I'm familiar with the intersection.
Fact or Fiction

Warren, NJ

#23 Aug 2, 2007
SayvilleResident wrote:
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Yea, the sirens I hear are those of the ambulances getting to the scene of the "accidents" after people are constantly getting smacked at the intersection of Lakeland, and the Sunrise Hwy. Service Road.
It's a lot different being in an apartment, with windows opened, practically no noise in the place, compared to being in a car, road noise, a/c on, perhaps the radio playing, etc.
Again, the sirens are loud enough to be heard over road noise. Im sure as you say this is a bad intersection, but ever hear how loud the radios are playing ? Drivers need to wake up and realize that when your driving, you need to be aware of your surroundings. This officer should have also entered this with caution as well if it is as bad as I have read here.

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