New road rules around emer­gency ve­hi­cles

The Free Press (Corowa) - - NEWS - BY SARAH DEAN

Ruther­glen Po­lice Sergeant Brian Cur­ran has wel­comed a new road rule in­volv­ing driv­ers slow­ing down to 40kms per hour when pass­ing crashes and in­ci­dents where emer­gency ve­hi­cles with flash­ing lights or a siren sound­ing are stopped or slow-mov­ing on the side of the road.

The new rule will be en­forced in Vic­to­ria from July 1 and mo­torists who do not slow down will face fines be­tween $277 and $793 but will not lose de­merit points.

Sgt Cur­ran said he was “very pleased” with the new rule.

“It will make our po­lice safer when they are out on traf­fic duty,” he said.

“It will also be safer for mo­torists be­cause it goes both ways. “We just hope peo­ple abide by it.” Roads Min­is­ter Luke Don­nel­lan un­veiled the changes ear­lier this month, say­ing they would save the lives of po­lice and paramedics who were at risk from be­ing hit by pass­ing cars and trucks while on the job.

Mr Don­nel­lan said most peo­ple do the right thing and slow down when see­ing flash­ing lights ahead, but the new rule would make sure ev­ery­one passes at a safe speed.

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