I fail to understand why Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and other politicians find it necessary to have lights and sirens on their cars ["Town cars with sirens a self-important sign," Letters, June 22].

This is something that should be restricted to emergency response personnel. As a former fire department volunteer on Long Island, I remember the emergency driver training I took. The training was given by either the fire department or police, and it was continually emphasized that any accident would be considered my fault.

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I hope these politicians realize that. EMS drivers use lights and sirens while responding to an accident scene, and while transporting someone to the hospital. The fire department uses them while responding to the scene, and with caution.

Someone called it an ego trip. I tend to agree.

Paul McDermott, Glen Cove