Thursday, February 11, 2016

DID YOU KNOW…………

Dufferin County, ON (OPP - Dufferin Detachment) Emergency vehicles responding to priority calls are often impeded by other motorists that do not pull over allowing them to pass by.  Please be aware of emergency vehicles on the roadway and pull over immediately whenever you are approached (either oncoming or from in the same direction) when emergency lighting and/or sirens are activated.
  The time saved responding to an emergency could make a difference!  This includes all police, ambulance and fire services vehicles.

Stop on approach of vehicle with flashing lights or bell or siren sounding
Section 159. (1) of the Highway Traffic Act states:
The driver of a vehicle, upon the approach of a police, ambulance or fire department vehicle with its bell or siren sounding or with its lamp producing intermittent flashes of red light or red and blue light, shall immediately bring such vehicle to a standstill, (a) as near as is practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway and parallel therewith and clear of any intersection; or (b) when on a roadway having more than two lanes for traffic and designated for the use of one-way traffic, as near as is practicable to the nearest curb or edge of the roadway and parallel therewith and clear of any intersection.

**NOTE: This media release is being sent out again over concerns by local emergency first responders attending a recent serious personal injury collision of Highway 10 at 25th side road. Several vehicles refused to pull right and yield emergency vehicles with emergency lights and siren activated.