Tukwila Police took to Facebook Tuesday to explain why they close streets at accident scenes and calling out those who drive dangerously near them.
In the post, officers said they have responded to two major accidents in the city in the last two days. While at these accidents, drivers were honking and yelling at police, getting out of their cars, and not paying attention while trying to snap a pictures or video of the scene.
The police department decided not only to ask people not to do these things but also wanted to explain why they must close roads in some crashes.
"We have had two very serious injury collisions in two days. We are still on scene working one of them. As we are working both of these scenes, we have had people honking, yelling, getting out of their cars, dangerously not paying attention while trying to take photos/videos while driving by and calling the station to complain about the road closures while our station personnel are trying to provide us with assistance. All of this while we are working alongside firefighters and medics and are all trying to help multiple individuals who are fighting for their lives.
So, we want to briefly explain why law enforcement agencies have to close entire roads during these serious injury and fatality accidents. Accidents of this nature are basically crime scenes. We need to reconstruct the scene, determine what has happened, what caused the accident, interview witnesses and do everything we can to make sure it gets done right so that the families of those involved can understand what happened. Imagine those fighting for their lives as your family or friends and not a stranger in a vehicle that is causing you to be late wherever you are going.
We also have to protect ourselves, firefighters, EMT's and medics who are all working the scene together. This is why you will often see the roads blocked for distances much further out than the immediate collision scene and also because collisions many times can span over 100 yards for particularly bad ones.
We ask that you give all of us working these collision scenes no matter where you are your patience and understand that we are doing everything we can to do the job right and to the best of our abilities in the most timely manner possible. To this end, we have recently deployed new technology that has significantly cut down the time necessary to complete these collision investigations. We also attempt to keep up to date traffic and road closures on our Twitter so you can know what is happening and we work with our media partners to also reach a larger audience regarding closures and incidents."
In 2010, fines and penalties increased in Washington for drivers who are found guilty of reckless endangerment of emergency zone workers.