Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service has asked motorists not to tailgate their fire engines on blue-light calls after the driver of a pick-up truck decided to follow one of their vehicles on the A19 whilst it was en-route to deal with a multi-vehicle accident.
In a post shared on social media a spokesperson said:
‘Last night Farringdon crews were travelling to a multi-vehicle incident on the A19.
‘For 4 miles a pickup truck tailgated the engine.
‘The truck was so close behind the engine they couldn’t see it in their mirrors. This is extremely dangerous.
‘The crew spoke to the police who were at the scene about the drivers actions and police then spoke to the driver.
‘Please do not tailgate emergency vehicles especially when responding with blue lights to an incident’.
Tailgating emergency vehicles which are on blue-light calls not only puts the safety of other road users at risk, it also put emergency services personnel at risk too.
If an emergency vehicle has to make an emergency stop, then there is a high chance that the vehicle tailgating the emergency vehicle won’t have enough time to react and could end up ploughing into the back of the emergency vehicle.
Once an emergency vehicle has passed stationary traffic, then there is a high likelihood that other road users won’t be expecting any other vehicles to approach them from behind once the emergency vehicle has passed, meaning that innocent motorists could end up colliding with the vehicle that is tailgating the emergency services vehicle.
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