Not all ambulances attend SOS calls


As the traffic police observe, some of the ambulance drivers misuse the protocol in order to reach their destination as early as possible.
 
Hence, the traffic police have begun to keep a close watch on the ambulances as well, and in the last one year 58 cases were registered against the ambulance drivers for misusing the vehicle, said a police officer in the Traffic Management Centre. 

Cases against drivers

“The cases were booked when some particular ambulances were found always rushing in hurry. On verification, we found that there was no SOS call. Finally we booked cases against the drivers,” said the officer.

“We have started keeping an eye on the vehicles also. Our men have been trained to identify whether there are patients in it or not even though many ambulances have tinted glasses. Whenever we find out such cases, the traffic police book cases against the driver,” said the Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Praveen Sood. He asked the hospital authorities to prevent misuse of ambulances on road.

Misuse should be stopped

When contacted Chief Medical Officer of Ramaiah Hospital Dr Sundaresh said, these practices of misusing ambulances should be prevented, but not all the ambulance drivers misuse it. Looking at all the ambulances with suspicion would make attending the SOS calls difficult, he added.

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