Punish the Driver or Change the Culture

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Last week EMS1 reported news of an ambulance being driven at 17 miles per hour above the speed limit. The borderline ridiculous incident had all the makings of a ‘gotcha’ story by the local television station. Leading me to ponder about the driver:

  • Good person, bad day, bad behavior?
  • Bad person, bad behavior?
  • Good person, bad culture, bad behavior?
  • Good person, good culture, bad behavior?

And at what speed does this become a news story … 11 mph above the limit, 12, 13, 14, 15? Or is 17 magical.

A sharp reader reminded me this same system had a medic suspended for allegedly driving well above the speed limit in June 2015.

Bad culture, bad behavior? It is hard to know without asking lots of questions, including …

What is the appropriate discipline for driving 17 mph above the speed limit?