As the tones go off I stop in my footsteps and listen for 911 to tell us what we have.
"Regional 911 to Randolph EMS, respond to HWY 82 and GA 1 reference a Motor Vehicle collision with injuries and possible entrapment. 10-18 is nessecary."
"10-4, Regional 911. WE hear you loud and clear, EMS is clear on all traffic, stand by for mileage. Regional 911 this is EMS, go ahead and get all 120 Fire and Rescue units enroute for extrication."
"10-4 Randolph EMS. Regional 911 is clear on your traffic."
My heart began to race, my hands began to shake, my partner looked at me and knew somthing was not right about this sitiuation. I have never acted like this for any call, no masttwe how bad and serious the call could be. Something just told me this was going to be someone I knew and that I was really close to.
As we pull up on scene, I see a grey what looks to be a Ford F-150 from all the damage it was very hard to see what it was. The truck was laying on its side, with the windshield busted, the roof was collapsed and smoke was rolling out the cracks of the doors, and coming out from up under the hood. I immediately called on the radio to our dispatch to see what the estmated time of arrivial was for fire and rescue to get there. I approached the vehicle to start triage, as i get to the driver window, i see something i never want again in my life. My best friend, laying there with blood all over his face, not breathing...
Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffive crashes. Speeding also reduces the driver's ablility to steer safely and extends the time and distance neccessary to stop a vehicle.
In 2005, 38% of 15 to 20 year old male drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding. Only about 14% of speeding-related fatalities occur on interstate highways. Also in the year of 2005, Georgia had a total of 1,729 traffic fatalities, 22 of those were on the interstate going faster than 55 miles per hour. 51 of them were on a regular...