Hey rollin, dude, please - you're killin' me with all this hand-wringing malarkey. Talk about over-reaching. I loved what they did. Well, at least the end result anyhow - and that's from a cop on Long Island for 33 years. Sure it can't be "officially condoned." I'm pretty sure they had no permission to do this and the city never would have granted it without some big $$$ filming permit, so they just did it. Yeah, they could have gotten hurt, but without people taking a few stupid chances now and then life would suck on the internet. My opinion, but I think the risks they took were probably minimal considering the lack of almost any other traffic and slow pace all around the city. I think it looked a lot more "reckless" that it actually was partly due to the way it was edited.
All this stuff about a couple second delay on an ambulance - what?? I'm pretty sure NYC is well equipped with ambulances and knows how to manage staffing during a snowstorm. People have been effing themselves up doing FAR STUPIDER shit than this in NYC ever since the invention of the wheel. I hope you have somebody to talk you down off the roof the next time there's a bunch of BLM protesters on television blocking off a major roadway, but nobody seems to bitch too much about that unless they're stuck behind them in traffic. I can see now why you don't want to drive all the way to VT! And if I was in that squad car, depending on a bunch of things, directly-related and not, it might have gone the other way. I don't know because I wasn't there. The cops clearly could have gotten jammed up for letting those guys continue (and unfortunately I wouldn't be surprised if they already are to some degree given the YouTube exposure), but sometimes you decide to make a judgement call whether some people like that "concept" or not. In fact - I think I probably
would have told them they had to knock it off; I don't really know - it depends on what I'd seen up to that moment, but I would not have enjoyed shutting them down. However, I can't criticize those cops, or the film makers, just based on what I saw in that clip.
Sorry to be a jackass myself - but all this, "if it saves just one life," shit drives me nuts. I know that's not exactly the case here, but it's the same mindset. Now excuse me as I drive to work eating a ham egg and cheese sandwich while leaning over sideways so I don't drip melted cheese on my pants - while doing so is still legal. I admit it's "distracted driving," but I don't want to live in a world where I can't even drink a cup of coffee while driving my car because it's too dangerous. I love my breakfast sandwich just enough to be yet one more menace to society, but at least you can't say I didn't warn you. I also realize that by posting this - if I do run somebody over one day during breakfast (God-forbid, knock on wood, etc.), this post will have me screwed for life. Oh Hell, maybe you're right... I can't find the "duck" emoticon, so here's this instead: