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EMERGENCY VEHICLE ALERT TECHNOLOGY
 BRINGING EMERGENCY ALERT TECHNOLOGY INTO THE 21st CENTURY


EMERGENCY TRANSPORT RISKS:

Today's Ambulances are better equipped than ever with the EXCEPTION of their Warning Alert Technology. 

As in the 1950's,Vehicle Mounted Warning Lights and Sirens are the only means of alerting motorists that they may encounter an Emergency or Law Enforcement Vehicle on a Code-3 Run or a stopped Law Enforcement Vehicle .
Emergency Vehicle Accidents.  
Over 60% of all accidents result from
              Distracted Driving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NHTSA / US DOT
NEWS
January 9, 2019
Arizona Police Officer Struck and Killed 
Salt River Police Officer Clayton Townsend had stopped a vehicle and was standing on the shoulder of the Loop 101 Tuesday evening when he was hit by a passing vehicle. Officer.com News 

January 3, 2019
Rep. Carol Moss (D)-Holladay seeks ban on hand-held devices while driving. 
Rep. Moss asks Utah legislators to make driving while holding a hand-held communication device illegal.  This Moss' third attempt to get the State of Utah to make the use of hand-held devices illegal due to the high level of distraction and the contribution to increasing the highway fatality rate.  She has gained support from Utah Law Enforcement but members of the House feel such a ban is a questionable infringement on personal rights - Salt Lake Tribune.
January 9, 2019
Three Philadelphia Police Officers Injured in Crash While Pursuing Murder Suspect 
Police have launched a manhunt in South Philadelphia for a murder suspect who led police on a chase along Interstate 95, triggering a crash that left three officers injured, and then fled on foot 
By Joseph A. Gambardello and Chris Palmer 
The Philadelphia Inquirer 
January 4, 2019
Philly Motorcycle Officer Critically Injured 
Philadelphia Motorcycle Officer Andy Chan was critically injured Thursday afternoon after he was tossed from his bike when he was struck by a 79-year-old driver in the Holmesburg section.  Robert Moran - Philly.com 
December 17, 2018
Texas Deputy Helps Rescue Man From Burning Truck 
A Tyler man is praising a quick-thinking Kaufman County deputy after he saved him from his burning truck following a crash on I-20 in Terrell on Tuesday. 
November 19, 2018
Louisiana Police Officer Injured in Funeral Procession Crash Dies 
Slidell Police Officer Jason Seals, who was injured in a September motorcycle crash while escorting a funeral procession, died Saturday morning. 
The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La. 
Slidell Police Department 
SLIDELL, Louisiana -- Slidell police officer Jason Seals, who was injured in a September motorcycle accident while escorting a funeral procession, has died.
The announcement was made by Slidell police Saturday morning.
Seals was traveling westbound on U.S. 190 just after noon on Sept. 25 when a vehicle pulled in front of him as he left Honaker Funeral Home with the funeral procession. Seals slammed into the vehicle and was ejected from his motorcycle, landing at least 50 feet away.
“Jason was a model officer. He left behind a loving wife, three kids, and many others who loved him dearly. This is going to be a very difficult time for our Slidell Police family.”
May 18, 2018
Crash Every 8 Minutes – the Time to Buckle Up is Now 
With a Crash Every Eight Minutes, The Time to Buckle Up is Now
As Click It or Ticket enforcement kicks off, nine-year-old racecar driver joins law enforcement to remind Utahns to buckle up
WHAT: Every eight minutes – that’s how often there was a motor vehicle crash in Utah in 2015. Someone was injured in a crash every 20 minutes.
January 18, 2017
2016 Utah Traffic Fatality Report
On Wednesday, January 18, UDOT and DPS released preliminary traffic fatality numbers for 2016.
280 people lost their lives on Utah roads last year. 94% of these deaths were the consequences of human error (driving distracted, aggressive, drowsy, impaired or unbuckled)
June 27, 2018
Distracted Driving Operation 
To help address the issue of distracted driving, the Utah Highway Patrol conducted a distracted driving enforcement project operation June 27, 2018.
The operation included 6 Troopers, 3 spotters, and 1 driver that focused on distracted drivers in Salt Lake County. This took place on I-15, I-215, and I-80, and utilized a black sixteen-passenger van that will transport the spotters. The spotters looked for distracted drivers, mainly focusing on the manipulation of cell phones, and passed the violation onto other troopers. The enforcement troopers conducted traffic stops on the motorists. Traffic citations and warnings were issued with the goal of getting the motoring public to put down their cell phones and focus on driving.  
58 Traffic Stops - 40 Citations - 27 Warnings

DISTRACTED DRIVING FACTS
Cell Phone Use is Ubiquitous
Many distractions exist while driving, but cell phones are a top distraction because so many drivers use them for long periods of time each day.
Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but when you are the one distracted, you often don’t realize that driver is you.
Distracted Driving is a Growing Problem
The National Safety Council estimates that 25% of crashes involve cell phones.
Drivers using hand-held or hands free cell phones are 4 times as likely to crash, according to the National Safety Council.
According to AAA’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, 88% of drivers believe distracted driving is on the rise, putting it at the top of drivers’ list of growing dangers on the road
In Utah, there were 5,748 distracted driver crashes, resulting in 3,303 injured persons (2016).
Cell Phone Use in Crashes is Under-Reported
According to the National Safety Council, there is strong evidence to support that under-reporting of driver cell phone use in crashes is resulting in a substantial under-estimation of the magnitude of this public safety threat.
The identification of distraction and its role in the crash by law enforcement can be very difficult.
ŸCell phone records can be difficult to obtain from wireless companies.
ŸIf cell phone records are obtained, data must align with the precise moment of the crash – a moment which is not always known.
Police must often rely on drivers to admit to cell phone use. This is not possible when driver’s are not forthcoming or are seriously injured or deceased.
Witness memories and statements may be inaccurate.
Police may not fully investigate cell phone use if it’s not a violation in their jurisdiction, if a more obvious violation such as speeding or lane departure is identified, or if a more serious violation is involved such as alcohol or other drug impairment.
Additional information on distracted driving can be found at  https://highwaysafety.utah.gov/other-focus-areas/distracteddriving/    - Utah Dept. of Public Safety
August 10, 2018
Kirk A. Griess Struck and Killed during traffic stop on I-80
Officer Kirk Griess was struck and killed by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on I-80, near Manuel Campos Parkway, in Solano.
Another vehicle entered the area and struck both Officer Griess and the vehicle he had stopped. Officer Griess and the driver of the stopped car were both killed.
The driver of the car that struck them was on the cell phone at the time of the incident and was charged with felony gross vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving causing fatal injuries.
Officer Griess was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the California Highway Patrol for 19 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and son.