Almost every state in the U.S. regulates the color and type of lights and sirens that police, fire, ambulance, and other emergency vehicles have. Depending on the state, it may be illegal to equip civilian vehicles with such lights to use on public roads – except in the case of those belonging to first responders. When other drivers see these lights, it signals that there is an emergency, and they need to exercise caution or get out of the way.
According to a report released by The New York Post, on the night of Thursday, July 8, 2021, at approximately 7:30 p.m., a 29-year-old man was driving a black Ford Explorer SUV with no license plates, but equipped with unauthorized emergency lights and sirens, was speeding around a Brooklyn neighborhood.
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As the driver of the SUV was zipping through traffic, he veered into oncoming traffic and into the path of an NYPD police cruiser at the intersection of Coney Island Avenue and Foster Avenue. The SUV then crashed into a nearby utility pole before coming to a stop.
The crash left the driver of the SUV and two NYPD police officers inside the squad car injured.
All three were transported to an area hospital for treatment. Their current condition had not been released at the time of the report.
According to court documents, the driver of the SUV has a history of reckless driving and has a record of at least 13 other similar violations prior to the latest crash.
Police have indicated that the driver will be charged following the crash.
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