HPD worked a collision on 1618 in front of HES this afternoon. We were assisted by KSP, LCSO, LCEMS and local volunteer fire units.
While EMS was busy triaging patients, a vehicle attempted to drive through the scene. The driver seemed oblivious to the fact he was endangering people’s safety by attempting to drive around emergency vehicles placed in the roadway to safeguard responders.
Not only did this happen once, it happened multiple times. Each driver was upset they were made to go back and take an alternate route. Each driver also seemed upset that they were talked sternly too and the officers were short with them. We should also point out that there were hundreds of drivers that were delayed and would like to say thank you for understanding.
We share this for two reasons. One, theses scenes are very chaotic and there are a lot of moving parts. When we have to tell you to go around, we actually take valuable time away from other duties. We shouldn’t have to tell you not to drive through an accident scene. We strive to be as professional as we can but there are times when you may get a stern no and told to move on because that’s all we have time for. It’s not personal, we just have more important things to do besides tell you not to drive around police cars and fire trucks and EMS popping in and out of cars trying to help people.
Second, we have had several serious collisions in and around the city lately. People not paying attention and speeding have played major roles in this. HPD will be conducting extra traffic enforcement to remind folks to slow down and drive safe. We will be targeting speeders, folks not wearing seat belts and those that fail to slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles. We will also start citing those that try to drive around emergency vehicles at crash scenes.
Please share this message and tell your friends to drive smart and avoid any issues.