Eyes on the Street: Hey Pal, Where’s the Fire?


We’re accustomed to the dangerous disrespect shown by NYPD to non-driving commuters, but a tip we received yesterday shows that cops haven’t cornered the market on civil servants putting lives at risk. Our reader reports from Union and Eighth Avenue in Brooklyn:

Today, at this known traffic spillover point, the operator of this FDNY vehicle on a non-emergency drive decided to run the red light, thereby blocking the crosswalk and forcing pedestrians into oncoming, high speed traffic.

At least he’ll be present for the call when someone gets run over!

  • Wow, that is my house behind that vehicular. I can attest to the fact that police have been irregularly giving out tickets to drivers who block the crosswalk. I watch them, it is like shooting fish in a barrel.

    To bad that non-emergency fire dept van will never get one.


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