Fire Not Emergency—Dog Racing Is!
A bill has come up in the Massachusetts legislature which would compel fire apparatus and other emergency vehicles to stop at red traffic signal lights. Gov. Ely is against the measure; so is the Boston Herald which said editorially:
“Because of an accident or two recently, our wise solons would put a hose truck or an engine in the same class as a passenger vehicle. Even if no other vehicles were in sight at a crossing:, or no pedestrian should be around, the firemen must stop and wait.
“A fire is not an emergency to the Legislature, but horse and dog racing is. Therefore the Legislature has attached an emergency preamble to the pari-mutuel measure, so that counties may vote on the proposal before the citizens of the state as a whole have had an opportunity to express themselves in a general referendum. The conscript fathers do not want to have a man run down at a crossing by tire apparatus while he is on the way to a horse race or dog scramble.”