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New Bill Would Require Ready Access to Public Garages for Emergency Vehicles

David Lackey

Thursday, May 15, 2014 • 5:27pm

TRENTON, NJ - Legislation to make parking garages more accessible for emergency medical personnel has been introduced by state Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. and Senator Richard J. Codey.

The bill would require parking garages with low clearance levels that can’t accommodate an ambulance to be required to have an on-site emergency vehicle that can access all levels of the facility.

The bill was written in response to the situation that took place following the shooting of Dustin Friedland in a parking garage of The Mall at Short Hills in December. The clearance at the parking garage was too low for the ambulance that arrived, forcing emergency responders to leave the vehicle and run on foot with a stretcher to reach Friedland.

“This is a simple solution to save people’s lives, which should receive swift legislative approval,” said Kean. “This could bring something positive from Mr. Friedland’s tragic murder.”

“In emergency situations, seconds matter, and we need to make sure that the hard-working emergency personnel have unfettered access to patients. Requiring operators of parking garages with low clearance levels to have a vehicle on site that can access the facility is a common sense solution that could save lives,” said Codey.

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