Police plead with drivers to watch for emergency vehicles as crashes increase

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DENVER -- It’s a problem that has become a trend. There have been six accidents involving emergency vehicles that had their lights and sirens running in the past three weeks.

“It’s absolutely frustrating when you’re trying to get somewhere and you know you’re going to a serious call and people just aren’t paying attention,” Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Greg Davey said.

Emergency vehicles don’t activate lights and sirens for every stop they make or situation they are responding to. But when they do, it’s a dire situation.

“We are trying to get there as fast as we can and as safely as we can,” Davey said. “We’re not going to sacrifice the safety of the public in order to get there quickly.”

Too often, especially recently, emergency vehicles determined to deliver much-needed help are not always arriving at their destination because of distracted drivers.

“Look in your mirrors every once in a while and know what’s going on around you,” Davey added.

The recent trend has hit a breaking point. So much so that the Colorado State Patrol is making pleas on social media.

“It’s just part of how much stuff is going on in people’s cars. Stereos, GPS, it’s a different world than when I started driving,” Davey said.

If drivers avoid distractions and see flashing lights or hear sirens, by law, they are supposed to move to the right, Davey said.

It might cost a few moments of time, but it might help save a life.

“Sometimes a few seconds can make a huge difference and we try to get there as quick as we can," Davey said.

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