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Morrisville Grabbing Drivers' Attention with New Fire Truck

Posted October 23, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— When we see emergency lights and hear sirens we all know we're supposed to slow down and pull over. But as roads get more crowded, cars get more sound-proof and drivers are in more of a hurry. The sirens don't always work.

Drivers should slow down and move right when they see an emergency vehicle, but often this doesn't always happen.

"Some of them panic, run off the road or stop real quick," says firefighter David Lynn. "Some of them try to outrun you. You never know what they're going to do."

Older fire trucks have lights and horns on top which have a hard time competing for a driver's attention.

When you're driving, you may have the radio on or the air conditioning. You may be talking to a passenger, plus there is traffic noise and cars are well-insulated today. All of this makes it almost impossible to hear a standard fire truck siren.

The Morrisville Fire Department has a new truck equipped with reflectors, lights and sirens strategically placed on the lower front portion of the truck to get drivers' attention.

Firefighters say they hope this will help drivers do the right thing.

"We're not going to try to run you over or off the road," says Morrisville Fire Chief Tony Chiotakis. "We need you to yield and let us to go around you."

Following that rule could save your life. Many departments are switching over to the more modern version of the fire truck, but not all because they are expensive. Morrisville's new truck cost about $500,000 dollars.