LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Two crashes in two days, both involving squad cars, send law enforcement officers and drivers to area hospitals with minor injuries.
The first crash was on Saturday, October 13th. A state trooper, responding to a call, was involved in a crash on State Road 82 and Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard.
"People are very isolated in their vehicles. They're in their own world and there's almost nothing else around them," said Sheriff Mike Scott.
Sunday morning, October 14th, a similar situation at Veronica Shoemaker and Winkler. A car collided with a Lee County deputy who was responding to an emergency call. The deputy stopped and activated the siren before entering the intersection, but the other vehicle continued on and the two cars collided.
"Sometimes it's difficult. I think the confusion arises when there's a busy intersection and they're not sure where to go," said Sheriff Scott.
Drivers say the inability to see where the sirens are coming from causes much of the confusion.
"Intersections are used for text messaging, phoning, talking, distractions," said Ft. Myers resident, John Guerrero.
"The other day it happened right here, you heard the sirens going, but you couldn't see them. There's so much traffic on the road you can't see," said Ft. Myers driver, Loretta Young.
A scary thought when lives are on the line.
"Imagine if your loved one was the one in a cardiac situation or something. Literally seconds and minutes mean lives and people are out there in their own little world just sort of in a fog, clogging up the intersection." Scott said.
You can be cited for failing to yield or stop for an emergency vehicle. It's considered a "moving violation" and can get yourself a ticket with a fine of $153, plus points on your license if your actions result in a crash.
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