Flash­ing lights slow­down

Owner Driver - - The Goods -

ON SEPTEM­BER 1, a new road rule will be in­tro­duced in New South Wales re­quir­ing driv­ers to slow down to 40km/h when pass­ing sta­tion­ary emer­gency ve­hi­cles dis­play­ing red or blue flash­ing lights.

The NSW Gov­ern­ment has launched a statewide cam­paign to pre­pare mo­torists for the in­tro­duc­tion of the new road rule, which is says is de­signed to im­prove the safety of emer­gency work­ers and road users when they’re stopped on the road.

The new rule, which will be in­tro­duced on a trial ba­sis for 12 months, ap­plies to ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling in both direc­tions, un­less the road is di­vided by a me­dian strip.

Mo­torists who ig­nore the new speed limit will face penal­ties, in­clud­ing a $448 fine and the loss of three de­merit points.

NSW Cen­tre for Road Safety ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Bernard Car­lon says the trial of the new road rule will pro­vide ex­tra pro­tec­tion for all emer­gency work­ers and vol­un­teers who re­spond to crashes and other in­ci­dents on the road­side.

“We want to en­sure that peo­ple pro­tect­ing us on our road net­work don’t be­come ca­su­al­ties while do­ing their jobs,” Car­lon says.

“This rule will give ex­tra pro­tec­tion and con­fi­dence that at the end of a shift they can go home safely to fam­i­lies and friends.”

Trans­port for NSW will mon­i­tor the safety and traf­fic im­pacts of the rule over the 12-month trial in con­sul­ta­tion with NSW Po­lice, emer­gency ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions and other stake­hold­ers.

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