There was a traffic accident with injuries last night at the intersection of Hacienda Drive and Gibraltar Drive (Monday, December 26th, approx 5PM or so). The accident involved two vehicles, and they were both damaged so badly that they couldn't be moved and were sitting in the middle of the intersection with broken glass and vehicle parts everywhere.
I came upon the accident about a minute or so after it happened, and I called 911. For some reason, my 911 call went to CHP and not Pleasanton PD. I know that CHP handles cellular 911 calls on the freeway, but I thought that the new technology directed cellular calls to the local jurisdiction now? Anyway, I reported the accident to the 911 dispatcher and she told me that there had been several calls on this incident already. Just for the heck of it, I pulled into the parking lot of a business located adjacent to the intersection to watch what was happening. As I did this, I saw a woman in one of the vehicles get out of the car, hold her head, and then lay down on the lawn--she was obviously injured. I called PPD again to update them that this is a confirmed injury accident.
I then sat there for what was probably 7 to 10 minutes--waiting for emergency vehicles to show up. In the distance, I could hear a fire truck siren (the fire trucks have a much different sounding siren than the police cars). The fire truck was way in the distance, and I thought to myself, "I guess they are sending a backup engine, because the fire station that is closest is not responding".
As the fire truck siren got closer, and as I sat there saying to myself, "WHERE ARE THE POLICE???", I finally saw a PPD officer arrive. He came from the Stoneridge Drive area as he approached the scene on Hacienda Drive. But here's the shocker---the police car did not have their emergency lights turned on or their siren! As I said, I only heard the fire truck siren coming, and when the first police car arrived, he did not have his emergency equipment turned on. My question is WHY? Does PPD have a policy that you are not to use lights and siren for a confirmed injury accident? It is my understanding that an injury accident is an "emergency", and lights/siren are appropriate for these situations.
The reason I'm writing this is because of my concern on their response time---it was VERY slow. The vehicles involved in the accident were blocking traffic, they had no lights on (it was dark out), and there were several "near miss" accidents before the first police car arrived on-scene. Why did the first responding officer not respond with lights and siren? This makes no sense to me at all, and I would appreciate an explanation. The response time for this incident is very worrisome.