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Drivers Ignoring Emergency Blue Lights In North Jersey

WYCKOFF, NJ (WCBS 880) – In an emergency, time is of the essence. Lives could hang in the balance.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

So, in New Jersey, volunteer first responders – EMTs and firefighters, have flashing blue lights in their personal cars.

Police in Wyckoff say some motorists are ignoring the lights and failing to yield.

Wyckoff Ambulance Corps. Lt. Charles Bellucci says personally, he has not had a problem.

“But it does happen occasionally, and I want people to understand the reason why we use the blue light is because we are responding to an emergency call,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

Every second counts and volunteers serve their communities without pay. They do so on their own time. They could be at home or at work. They drop everything to race off and help others.

Police say it is a common courtesy and the law to pull over for flashing blue lights. Failure to yield could lead to a fine or points on your license.

Do you have something to say about this story? Sound off in the comments section below.

  • Jay

    Really Ziggy, are you kidding. Next time follow the person to see before an accusation like that. Or maybe volunteer yourself on the FD or Amb so you can have one to.

  • Surfin Bird

    The best is when a fire truck is travelling with its sirens on in a rush thru a shopping plaza who pull up into a fire lane in front of McDonalds. they then turn off their lights and go inside and get dinner.

    What an emergency.

    • Sam

      I have never ever seen this before. Back in the 80’s I worked for a super market and I can tell you if their pagers went off while they were shopping in the market, everything was left on the belt or their wagon and they ran out to the truck.

      • Surfin Bird

        This was last year no joke.

  • Nick

    Too often the lights flash right around lunch or dinner time. Don’t pay attention to it anymore.

  • Ziggy

    I think this blue-light thing is being vastly abused by people trying to get ahead in traffic and by people who have no business using it. Anyone can buy and have a blue lignt in their vehicle – how many are really legit?

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