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Ambulances, fire trucks, now among vehicles allowed to use blue lights

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The Vehicle Equipment Regulation­s amendment takes effect immediatel­y

You’re now more likely to see blue lights flashing when there is an emergency in Saskatchew­an.

The Government of Saskatchew­an has amended The Vehicle Equipment Regulation­s to allow more emergency vehicles to add blue flashing lights to their existing lights.

The law goes into effect immediatel­y and impacts:

• ambulances and fire-fighting vehicles; and

• emergency vehicles that have been designated by a municipali­ty or the Highway Traffic Board to be used in response to an emergency.

“This change is a way to protect the people who care for us in life’s most extreme situations,” said Minister Responsibl­e for SGI Don Morgan. “When you see blue lights, you pay attention. By improving the visibility, we’re helping keep first responders and other road users safe.”

Emergency vehicles covered under this legislativ­e change are not required to be equipped with blue lights; organizati­ons that wish to incorporat­e this into their fleet now have the option to do so. Police vehicles, tow trucks, service vehicles and snowplows were already permitted to use blue flashing lights in Saskatchew­an.

Remember: drivers must slow to 60 kilometres per hour when passing emergency vehicles or tow trucks stopped at roadside with lights flashing, no matter what colour those lights are.

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