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Higher crash frequency leads first responders to implore safer holiday travel

DEPOSIT (WBNG) — Across the country, including right here in New York, we’ve seen the stories of cars wrecking into construction and police vehicles. These same incidents also happen to first responders when they’re responding to calls.

“Luckily here in Deposit, we’ve been pretty good. One of our departments just to the west had a close call where the car struck one of their fire vehicles while on an accident. You see the statistics across the state,” said Deposit Fire Department Assistant Chief Christopher Zacharias.

This summer the Deposit and Eastern Broome first responders say they’ve responded to a higher number of wrecks due to distracted driving.

“I’ve seen a significant increase this year. I don’t have numbers for you, but, it’s definitely increased. What I noticed is a lot of it tends to be more related to distracted driving,” said Eastern Broome Paramedic Bryan Keller.

Staying alert and moving over is the easiest thing to do to keep everyone safe.

“If a car is not slowing down as it approaches an emergency scene, we’re concerned the driver is not paying attention to what’s going on. If you slow down, move over, it makes it a lot safer for our providers. It gives them that buffer zone. Plus they’re aware that you’re aware of what’s going on around you,” said Zacharias.

First responders take a risk each day to help others, but it takes everyone in the community to prevent these concerns from becoming reality.

“There’s always that risk being out there on the roadways, on the fire ground. So the less accidents and fires we have to respond to, the safer it is for everyone,” said Zacharias.

It’s not just in Deposit and eastern Broome County, it’s all across the Twin Tiers that you’re going to want to slow down and drive safely. This will be or your protection, and also the protection of the emergency and construction workers that will be out on the roads this holiday weekend and beyond.

Damon Matson

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