A little googling and I see that congestion is a problem for emergency medical services almost everywhere. Here is an article from the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services in
This outtake makes the point for me:
Most fire departments and emergency medical service providers have defibrillation capability; however, due to the location of the victim and factors such as traffic congestion, precious minutes may pass before they can respond with this life-saving technology. Layperson defibrillation can occur within minutes of a witnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Every minute that passes before a cardiac arrest is treated decreases the chance of survival by 10%. For many, quicker access to an AED represents their only chance to survive.
Interesting that they singled out traffic congestion, eh?
About 4 years ago I saw two
“You guys ever have a problem with traffic congestion on your way to the hospital?”
“Is this a concern?”
“Comes up at every meeting.”
And your turn is coming as sure as is mine.
Apparently sitting in your car stressed out in traffic makes it comes sooner.