Road rage against paramedics unusual in Ottawa

Monday's incident of road rage against paramedics appears to be a one-off in Ottawa, according to Paramedic Chief Anthony Di Monte.

Di Monte told CFRA incidents like those are completely out of the ordinary for Ottawa, but have been on the increase in other countries like Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.

He said they usually only deal with patients who become violent because of their medical state.

But crews here deal more with another problem and it's one we've likely all seen: an ambulance, a police cruiser or a fire truck is trying to pass with their sirens on and lights flashing and not all traffic is yielding.

Di Monte said they don't think it's because people are intentionally blocking them.

"They just either don't hear us or just, they're oblivious to the world around them," he said. "I think that's more what we're seeing... It's not purposeful, it's really them living in their own little bubble."

He said every second counts for emergency crews on their way to a scene, and it's important to keep an eye out for them.

Samir Saad, 61, is facing several charges in connection with Monday's incident of road rage, which saw a man tailgate an ambulance before getting out of an SUV and smashing the ambulance windshield with a golf club.

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