Paramedic pleads with motorists to respect blue lights

Braintree and Witham Times: Paramedic Dean Jay (pictured) has previously raised concerns about the state of Essex's roads. Paramedic Dean Jay (pictured) has previously raised concerns about the state of Essex's roads.

A Halstead paramedic has taken to the airwaves to urge motorists to respect blue lights.

Dean Jay, 44, featured on BBC Radio Five live on June 3 with commentary from his journeys in a rapid response car on May 30.

Father-of-two Mr Jay, who has been a paramedic for 16 years, told the Halstead Gazette some drivers had “tunnel vision” and were so focussed on their own journeys, they failed to slow down or pull over for his ambulance.

He said: “It’s an ever growing problem. It’s been getting worse over the years.

“Some people don’t use their mirrors and pull out in front of you when others have pulled over for us.

“Sometimes people use us as a shield to get through the traffic, so they tuck in right behind."

 

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9:23am Tue 10 Jun 14

pierre-pierre says...

witnessed a bad case of that just this week, A12, Chelmsford,

line of trucks, one was going to pull out, like me he used those glass reflective thinks on the door piller, immediately pulled back in, the lights were about 200 metres back, three cars pulled in between me and the truck.

A female said I am doing 70 and why should I pull in, she was along side me when the Ambulance got behind here, I didnt know that they had such a varied set of sounds. She nerarly jumped out of here knickers, but did pull in.
witnessed a bad case of that just this week, A12, Chelmsford, line of trucks, one was going to pull out, like me he used those glass reflective thinks on the door piller, immediately pulled back in, the lights were about 200 metres back, three cars pulled in between me and the truck. A female said I am doing 70 and why should I pull in, she was along side me when the Ambulance got behind here, I didnt know that they had such a varied set of sounds. She nerarly jumped out of here knickers, but did pull in. pierre-pierre
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11:21am Tue 10 Jun 14

cmills says...

I was nearly run over in Braintree ( if I hadn't been quick on my feet ) by a motorist who mounted the pavement to get out the way of an ambulance - whilst the other motorists went this way and that all over the road , one seemed to freeze in panic not knowing which way to go and it all caused congestion - that the ambulance had to weave its way slowly through
I was nearly run over in Braintree ( if I hadn't been quick on my feet ) by a motorist who mounted the pavement to get out the way of an ambulance - whilst the other motorists went this way and that all over the road , one seemed to freeze in panic not knowing which way to go and it all caused congestion - that the ambulance had to weave its way slowly through cmills
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12:05pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Bhudeeka says...

this has been a serious problem for many years and those in power should have dealt with it long ago - they should be ashamed of themselves but of course don't care. Well done to people like Dean who refuse to kep quiet about inactions of those who are in power supposed to serve us - would laugh if situation wasn't so serious
this has been a serious problem for many years and those in power should have dealt with it long ago - they should be ashamed of themselves but of course don't care. Well done to people like Dean who refuse to kep quiet about inactions of those who are in power supposed to serve us - would laugh if situation wasn't so serious Bhudeeka
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1:37pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Stephen Stares says...

I used to have similar problems when driving a fire appliance. Sometimes it is better for motorists to stay on their line of travel and let the emergency vehicle go round them. For me, there was nothing worse than a motorist suddenly slamming on their brakes to let me pass.
I used to have similar problems when driving a fire appliance. Sometimes it is better for motorists to stay on their line of travel and let the emergency vehicle go round them. For me, there was nothing worse than a motorist suddenly slamming on their brakes to let me pass. Stephen Stares
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7:33am Thu 12 Jun 14

MrsJojo says...

Just two weeks ago I pulled over for an Ambulance - indicated, slowed and pulled left etc - and the car behind me overtook me! I always go on the premise that, were it your loved one needing emergency care, you would want the Services to get to them asap, so...pull over and let them go!
Just two weeks ago I pulled over for an Ambulance - indicated, slowed and pulled left etc - and the car behind me overtook me! I always go on the premise that, were it your loved one needing emergency care, you would want the Services to get to them asap, so...pull over and let them go! MrsJojo
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