478 Charges Laid Against Drivers Speeding Past Emergency Vehicles
The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure Highways Transport Patrol teamed up with RCMP and other agencies for a slow to 60 km/hr when passing emergency vehicles enforcement initiative. 478 speeders were charged in this safety blitz announced October 19. This initiative targeted drivers who did not abide by the 60 km/hr law when passing emergency vehicles.
“Educating travellers to slow to 60 km/hr when passing emergency vehicles is very important,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner said. “We need to ensure traffic laws are followed so first responders can do their important work as safely as possible.”
This initiative is part of ongoing effort to educate the public on the critical importance of slowing to 60 km/hr when passing emergency vehicles working near the right-of-way, with their lights flashing. It is the law to slow 60 km/hr when passing Highways Transport Patrol Officers, RCMP, and other law enforcement workers, as well as fire trucks, ambulances, and tow truck operators working in the highway right-of-way.
Fines start at $210 for speeding 10 km/hr faster than the maximum 60 km/hr.