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Tips to Reduce Intersection Collisions

A  headline at proclaims “Howler Siren Cuts Ambulance Wrecks in Half.” The service mentioned in the article reduced its intersection collisions from 16 to 8 after installing a new type of siren that emits a low frequency tone that causes reverberation. Of course collision reduction is great news, but this is likely a good example of Post Hoc Ergo Proctor Hoc (after this therefore because of this).

Here are Everyday EMS Tips for reducing intersection collisions:

1. Minimize use of red lights and sirens.

2. Follow all applicable state and local policies for emergency vehicle operations.

3. Cover the brake when going through an intersection with a green light.

4. Always come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights.

5. Select routes that minimize left turns.

6. The front seat EMS professional, if present, should act for a spotter and also look right and left at all intersections.

7. Don’t race yellow lights or attempt to time the light change.

8. Read Rogue Medic’s excellent post on this same topic “Magic Sirens Prevent Ambulance Drivers From Hitting Things

To read the article about collision reduction visit

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.