Don’t Stand in Traffic Part 2

Don’t Stand in Traffic Part 2

It’s not just police who are standing in traffic and causing what I believe are safety risks. The Fire Department is really getting under my skin. It’s long been a common practice for the local Fire Departments to raise funds by walking around cars at busy intersections when the traffic lights stop cars. They ask for donations to be placed in a boot and when the light turns green they usually hustle off to the corner and wait to hit the next light change.

Now, this is dangerous enough. We spend a lot of time instructing children to not play in traffic and to be wary of cars. We also tell them that the Fire Department are people dedicated to their safety and well being. I have always had a real big problem with the example this sets.

Well, this has now escalated to a level just beyond my belief. Not only has local Fire Departments taken to standing on the median (not the corner sidewalk) between light changes, they also commonly remain in traffic as cars begin to drive off, trying to snag that extra buck or to until the first wave of cars move through the intersection. Not only is this illegal, but for a group dedicate to safety, it is outrageous

But it doesn’t stop there. Recently, on more than one occasion I have seen these Fire Departments using their fire trucks to attract attention. How? By parking their engines on the median with the light signals rolling! How can this be allowed? Whoever agreed this would be okay to be done should be immediately dismissed. Those signals are meant to be used for emergencies, to signal people to move to the side of the road. Why in God’s name would you think it would be okay to implement these in a non emergency situation in the middle of a busy intersection?

Not only is this illegal and a terrible example to set for people, but it directly endangers lives. Would you find it acceptable for high school students to wander around the middle of a busy intersection during their car wash? How about elementary kids selling candy car door to car door? That’s the example you are seting. Stop it now!

2 Comments so far

  1. Chad (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

    Sounds like you’re talking about the intersection of Orange and South in Downtown Orlando. The firemen have been out there over the past couple weeks trying to get donations for Give Kids the World or some other charity like that … Since they’re pretty much getting the same traffic each day, there’s really no need to keep coming back over and over to the same location.


  2. Terry Howard (unregistered) on September 25th, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

    Actually the first place I saw it was on 436 just North of the airport, but I have also seen it on Colonial in east Orlando as well. Collecting in traffic has been something Central Florida firefighters have done for a long time all over. But parking their engines with lights going in the median is a new thing, and it happened at both the locations mentioned above and were two separate engine companies.



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