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We live in a world of crazy people

As a teen and a college student my mom said to me at least 1000 times, “It’s not you that I  worry about, it’s all the crazy people in the world.”

I am not sure if there are more crazy people now or if we just know more about the crazy people through their tweets, vines, periscopes, and other video shares.

Yesterday afternoon traffic was backed up on a highway overpass in my community. We were approaching from the east and could not seen the collision over the rise that was causing the stall. Traffic from the east was of course slowed to rubber neck and then suddenly accelerating into the glare of the setting sun.

A pickup and an SUV had collided and from the side panel damage intrusion at a pretty good speed. It didn’t look like anyone was injured but two cops and both drivers were casually standing around the vehicles. POVs were driving around them at 30+mph and other vehicles were still exiting the freeway.

The risk of a secondary collision with as severe damages and injury was high in my opinion.

I have long believed one of the most dangerous scenes for any responder is the roadway or roadway shoulder. Three recent incidents –  a drunk woman live-streaming her drive home, two high men filming their high-speed drive, and a distracted driver rollover – highlight the importance of time, distance, and shielding.

Rapid Response: Driving while videoing illustrates roadway incident dangers

I am with my mom…oh those crazy people. Watch out!

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.