It's almost 2am...fiance just got home after working a very long day. The lights were out at 15th & Market and heading west. He called 911 to alert them since the traffic lights were out, too, and people were just blowing through the intersection. He was concerned something bad was about to happen. The 911 agent just said it was a "planned" power outage, and hung up on him! Say what? He hung up? And how can you have a planned power outage and no police monitoring the intersections with traffic lights not working?? Not cool...
Planned power outage on Market Street?(10 posts)
Um, you don't call an emergency line to tell them the lights are out. Hanging up on him was appropriate.
I think it's kind of lame they hung up on him.
if it was in fact 'planned', they (traffic controlling police) should've been out there making sure things went smoothly.
a red blinking/yellow blinking intersection is one thing, but total darkness could easily cause many accidents.
and if these outages are planned, why aren't we alerted?
get on it, Meghan Walker!
The 911 dispatcher was probably very busy at 2am, and as soon as he determined that the call wasn't an emergency he was on to the next, I wouldn't take it personally.
Planned when every drunk in Ballard is on the road.
If you didn't think that Seattle hates us yet, you are not paying attention.
Chime in "C"huckle "D"ummies.
Maybe do some research first, lol.
Power was still out around 4:30AM. Around 4:45AM I was driving through the Leary/Market intersection and saw 4 City Light work trucks pull in and park on 22nd just up from Market.
Um, Phoo, he didn't call 911 because the lights were out. He called 911 because the TRAFFIC lights were out at THE major Ballard intersection. I think if you see a potential disaster in the making, you should call 911. You shouldn't have to wait until someone's actually injured. The 911 operator will determine the level of emergency, and will often put you through to the local police dispatcher who can handle it from there.
I'm just glad no one got hit as the cars blew through the intersection. If someone can prevent that from happening, all the better! The point being...city personnel (police, power company) should've been monitoring that intersection since the traffic lights were out, ESPECIALLY after finding out from the 911 operator that it was a planned outage.
If a car stalls on the Ballard Bridge, and no one has been hurt yet, should you call 911? Yes! A situation like that, too, goes beyond personal responsibility to just call a tow truck and takes into account the public's safety because that person can't pull safely out of the way.
If you see a dog darting in and out of traffic on Highway 99, would you call 911? I hope so...again, it's about averting a disaster, too.
Another example of Seattle drivers I guess. The rule about traffic lights being out is you are supposed to treat it as a stop sign. The city can do something about the lights being out, but there's not a whole lot they can do about drivers being irresponsible. Sure, they can pull a few over and ticket them, but it may or may not be a high priority at 2am.
If somebody stalled on the ballard bridge, I would not call 911 because it's not life threatening. If I saw a dog darting in and out of traffic, I'd call SAS, cause that's their job and they have a dispatch. However, I have called 911 for a drunk driver. I would call 911 for someone standing on the outside of a bridge, looking down.
Would I call 911 if people were driving super dangerously through an intersection? I don't know.
Just wanted to weigh in and say that I would call 911 (and have done so) for a car stalled on the Ballard Bridge. Traffic there is dangerous enough that an unexpected block to one of the 2 very narrow lanes can easily cause an accident.
I would call 911 if I saw a drunk dog try to drive his car across the Ballard Bridge and it stalled mid-span, especially if he looked suicidal.
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