Instagram user Joey.gtz has more than 10,000 followers. He mostly shares selfies and pictures of a dog. His most popular posts are two videos shot in Broward County.
In the video he posted on Thursday, the driver was following an ambulance traveling westbound on 595 from the Davie Boulevard entrance ramp.
The video had more than 9,200 views and 2,125 likes Saturday evening. As drivers moved to the side of the road, the man thanked them.
The user used the video of tailgating the ambulance as a joke. But members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue didn’t find it funny.
“Watch out we gotta go saves these [expletive] lives. We are making moves out here — VIP,” the user says. “We are going to save these [expletive]. Pull over for us. Move! Thank you. Thank you.”
Jul 20, 2017 at 12:28pm PDT
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Felipe Lay said the driver was running the risk of crashing if the ambulance stopped abruptly.
“Another vehicle can pull in front of a tailgating car causing an unnecessary accident,” Lay said. “We ask the public to be patient and heed caution when an emergency vehicle is driving through traffic.”
Some Instagram users viewed the driver’s behavior as a reckless disregard for the safety of others. When a user tagged the Miami-Dade Police Department, the Instagram user also known on Yossef, was defiant.
“How u gonna tag Miami-Dade when the location is Broward County? [laughing out loud] Snitch better my dude,” he wrote.
The user also protested traffic on 595 in a Wednesday video showing a driver using the emergency lanes during heavy traffic. It had more than 8,300 views and some 2,000 likes Saturday evening.
“Ha! Your boy ain’t waiting in mother [expletive] traffic. What the [expletive]! You all whack,” he said.
The traffic violation known as failure to drive on an established lane carries a fine.