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September 14, 2011 2:06 pm at 2:06 pm #599375
How can I soup up my car with cherry lights?September 14, 2011 2:44 pm at 2:44 pm #810029Raphael KaufmanMember
Cherry lights do not “soup up” a car. Engine and chassis mods do that. Cherry lights turn your car into a schlock rod.September 14, 2011 2:52 pm at 2:52 pm #810031The FrumguyParticipant
I believe it is illegal for a non-emergency vehicle to sport cherry lights and/or a siren.September 14, 2011 3:14 pm at 3:14 pm #810032
The Frumguy – True; but a lot do it anyway, just to be cool!September 14, 2011 3:59 pm at 3:59 pm #810033adorableParticipant
called a tuna beigelSeptember 14, 2011 4:15 pm at 4:15 pm #810034mewhoParticipant
shmoel, for what reason do you want to soup it up?September 14, 2011 4:20 pm at 4:20 pm #810035
To get the bikers out of the way.September 14, 2011 4:42 pm at 4:42 pm #810036yungerman1Participant
You can buy them online and have them installed, although some
may ask for justification prior to installation.
You can also get ticketed for using lights/sirens with out valid reason, and are a diservice to those that use them for good cause.September 14, 2011 6:02 pm at 6:02 pm #810037tunabeigel123Member
I have them !!!September 15, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am #810038yeshivishHakMember
Cherry lights are so 2000. Nowadays its all LED’s. google the word sirennet for a great lights and sirens website. Its all brand name so more expensive than the chinese made stuff. Installation is as expensive as the equipment (or more)September 15, 2011 2:56 am at 2:56 am #810039golden momMember
i think the same pp that put in alarms put in lights and sirensSeptember 15, 2011 3:07 am at 3:07 am #810040koillel101Member
I haven’t got any yet!
Maybe one day soon……September 15, 2011 5:45 am at 5:45 am #810041
shmoel -“To get the bikers out of the way”
What happened to the bike lanes, where they aren’t in your way? And if you’re talking about streets that don’t have them, why does e/o complain when they put them in?September 15, 2011 1:27 pm at 1:27 pm #810042miritchkaMember
yungerman: thank you! As the wife of an emergency response volunteer, i would like to thank you for pointing that out. installing lights and sirens is a tremendous disservice to those that use it for good reasons!
And yes it is extremely expensive…September 15, 2011 2:17 pm at 2:17 pm #810043TumsMember
If it is expensive, why don’t the first responders get much less expensive cherry lights instead of all the fancy LED stuff?September 15, 2011 5:26 pm at 5:26 pm #810044
Tums – I won’t post the obvious answer, but I’ll tell you I have just a small round light and a hand held loudspeaker with siren.
It cost me almost nothing.September 15, 2011 5:34 pm at 5:34 pm #810045
You are a Hatzalah responder?September 15, 2011 5:54 pm at 5:54 pm #810046ConcernedMemberParticipant
I am a Hatzalah responder for around a decade now. I can try to give you a few answers.
Firstly, the reason most of us buy LED lights now is the same exact reason every NYPD, FDNY and EMS vehicle is now using LED lights. They draw less power and the bulbs can last more than 10 years. That beats having to worry about dead batteries from the electricity draining out, and it beats constantly ordering replacement bulbs. Those of us who take a lot of calls used to deal with those issues fairly often. LEDs have been a blessing in that sense.
According to State law, as emergency vehicles we must have lights that are visible from 360 degrees. The old image in your mind of a guy with a light on his dashboard is unacceptable by today’s standards. If that’s all he has and he has an accident, he will be liable for all damages as a dashlight is not visible from all sides.
Some of us respond to calls that require us to cross very busy intersections (Ocean Parkway, Queens Blvd etc). Add on to that the fact that half of drivers out there are busy texting, eating, changing channels, reading, or who knows what, WHILE DRIVING and the lights and sirens save the lives of our responders.
Is there abuse? I’m sure there is. That’s something the organization should deal with. The real abusers are people who install lights in their car for no apparent reason. There are plenty of those. Some of them show up on our calls for reasons I will never understand.
Every current Hatzalah member has now attended a course called CEVO which teaches safe driving in emergency situations. The random strange people with lights have not taken those courses and frankly they are a hazard to all of us.
I don’t think worrying about how many or what type of lights legitimate Hatzalah members have is as important as worrying about why dozens of young men in our communities are purchasing these lights for no reason, without any need, and are putting themselves and the rest of us at risk.
To anyone who is not a member of an organization that requires such lights, PLEASE don’t install them. C”V one day our luck might run out and someone can get killed due to your actions. Please think of others too.September 15, 2011 6:28 pm at 6:28 pm #810047YatzmichMember
Time to start a Coffee Room Jr. There’s nothing good to read here anymore.September 15, 2011 8:08 pm at 8:08 pm #810048adorableParticipant
Yatzmich- do you have any lights on your car??????September 16, 2011 2:57 pm at 2:57 pm #810049miritchkaMember
i recall hearing that the city is/was thinking of not allowing hatzoloh to go through red lights or something like that. When others who are not part of an emergency response unit have lights and sirens and abuse it, they are putting the whole organization at risk of losing its ‘priviledges’.September 16, 2011 3:32 pm at 3:32 pm #810050estrapadeMember
It’s great to see ConcernedMember and Yatzmich posting again. 😀
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