New road rules around emergency vehicles
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.