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San Diego Union Tribune, May 25, 2000

Santee fire chief dead wrong on speed humps

The Santee fire chief agrees that speed humps slow down emergency responses but that there aren't enough of them to make a difference.

I live on Pebble Beach Drive and there are eight speed humps before you reach the residents at the end of this street. Studies show that each hump will slow emergency response vehicles an average of six seconds or more. This means there is a 48-second delay for residents at my end of the street. If someone has a medical emergency where time is critical 48 seconds can easily mean life or death.

Medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest, drowning, aneurisms, burn victims, head injuries, diabetic comas, anaphylactic shock, shooting and stabbing victims, vehicle-pedestrian accidents require immediate medical intervention. If the fire engine is already on a street with humps and has to travel over additional humps the delay is even longer. Studies show many more people will die because of this delay than will possibly be saved.

Why do the firefighters train to get there as fast as possible? Because the sooner they get there, the more lives they can save. Why then does the city of Santee put in speed humps that slow them down? Santee's fire chief is being negligent in his sworn duty to protect life and property by supporting speed humps.


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