The Italian Mafia Is Ordering Ambulances To Stop Using Their Sirens

Mafia members in the Italian city of Naples have reportedly threatened ambulance crews to stop using sirens because the noise disturbs drug dealers and scare away customers, both of which often mistake the ambulance sirens for police. One traumatized ambulance driver said he was driving an ambulance with its siren on, when he found himself flanked by two men on a motorcycle, one of whom banged on the ambulance window and threatened to kill him. The distraught ambulance crew ended up calling police for a safe escort out of the neighborhood. Local politicians have asked the government to make the fight against the Mafia a national priority, calling for more protection for medical first responders.