TRENTON, NJ - Senator Richard J. Codey and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. have introduced legislation to make parking garages more accessible for emergency medical personnel.
Under the bill, parking garages with low clearance levels that can’t accommodate an ambulance would be required to have an on-site emergency vehicle that can access all levels of the facility. The bill is in response to the tragic murder of Dustin Friedland in a parking garage at the Short Hills Mall in December. The clearance at the mall parking garage was too low for an ambulance, forcing the emergency responders to abandon the vehicle and run on foot with a stretcher to attend to Mr. Friedland.
“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 (D-Essex, Morris).
“This is a simple solution to save people’s lives, which should receive swift legislative approval,” said Kean (R-Union, Morris, Somerset). “This could bring something positive from Mr. Friedland’s tragic murder.”