Cop halts ambulance to let pass Dominican official’s motorcade
A minor was in critical condition in an ambulance headed to a hospital yesterday, when its driver was ordered to stop for several minutes to let pass a Government official’s motorcade.

The youngster was being accompanied by her mother to a medical center because of her delicate heath, but when the ambulance approached the downtown corner of 27 de Febrero with Maximo Gomez, a traffic cop stopped it to allow the vehicle with the as yet identified official to pass.

Passersby angrily criticized the agent’s decision of favoring the official vehicle over an ambulance with an ill patient.

Complaints have grown as the constant demonstration of abuse by officials whose actions turn traffic even more chaotic in the capital’s streets and avenues especially in rush hour.

SOURCE: reader comments

Written by: BASTA, 18 Nov 2010 1:37 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs
the agent’s decision= Dominican brain.Fernandex give this man a metal
Written by: skysail, 18 Nov 2010 1:37 PM
From: Yemen
only in the DR .........

Written by: juanb, 18 Nov 2010 1:52 PM
From: Dominican Republic

The outrageous behavior is inbred in our "entitled" "leaders".

You can be sure that this official was on his way to eat.
Written by: NegroDeLaBachata, 18 Nov 2010 2:38 PM
From: Germany, Stuttgart
FAIL! Unbelievable. Juanb, you're spot on with the comments about politicos who think they're entitled to walking on the backs of their constituents. This is ridiculous. The government of RD will not be happy until the revolt is at its door. I think it's very possible in this day and age....see Ecuador.
Written by: guillermone, 18 Nov 2010 3:17 PM
From: United States
We got rid of Trujillo back in 1961, but today it is much worse. We have a bunch of little Trujillo's wannabe wandering around all over the DR and this official is just but one example of that.
Written by: JimHarrington, 18 Nov 2010 3:19 PM
From: United States
Leonel's attitude toward the masses in the Dr is shown by how stupid police, military and elected officials treat the people of that country.
Written by: Gerry, 18 Nov 2010 3:43 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Well, guess what. This does not surprise me. Our country has been humiliating the integrity of civilians/humans for years..."Que se muera la muchacha, que se joda todo el mundo aqui, que yo el diputadito corrupto en mi yipeta tengo que pasar primero..." ( Let the kid die, F- - - everyone, me the corrupt official in my fancy SUV, MUST go through regardless of anything!) SELFISHNESS...SELFISHNESS...
WTF??? Where are we living???? Are they loosing perspective on morality, humanity, are they loosing common sense. No, they never had had it,in the first place. SO THERE....This is pathetic.
Written by: xwill7, 18 Nov 2010 4:54 PM
From: United States
Wow and here in USA we get a ticket for that.. Even if you cross a funeral motorcade you get a ticket... Ambulance, fire trucks, and police have the right of way when they have their lights on.
Written by: VeronicaDR, 18 Nov 2010 5:20 PM
From: United States
That ambulance should have had priority. While the official may have no way of knowing what was going on that cop should be removed from their job.
Written by: Rainman, 18 Nov 2010 10:22 PM
From: United States
if this situation arises in the US the secret service will scramble to protect the integrity and safety of the public official securing the scene while letting the ambulance go by .
Written by: Perez, 19 Nov 2010 1:47 AM
From: Dominican Republic
NO place in the world would allow this, but then again in DR ANYTHING can happen. Except good things. Who was this infamous official anyway??
Written by: Perez, 19 Nov 2010 1:48 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Cavernicola era. E pa carajo que vamos!
Written by: GRINGOJOEM, 19 Nov 2010 8:48 AM
From: United States
Probably on the officials pay to play money. Poor child in the ambulance
Written by: dreadlocks, 19 Nov 2010 11:06 AM
From: United States
this is nothing surprising. get out the whips, because i am in the mood for a lashing. i have several friends who work as police officers with the port authority of new york and new jersey. and yes, they do have quotas for moving violations that they have to give out each day. in order to get the day over real early, they simply go to the area near the terminal up at amsterdam and 180, and they can give out all the tickets in a few hours. the reason? deplorable driving habits of the dominicans in the area. nobody has learnt that you must stop to allow pedestrians priority in a crosswalk. they think that they are driving down the Duarte, where pedestrians have to run when traffic approaches. they do not stop for schoolbuses with flashing red lights, and they cut off EMS ambulances with lights and yelp on full blast. in 2 hours, you can hand out a dozen moving violation summonses in that area alone. as for parking coupons, a million per day, just for double parking.



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