Emergency vehicles

Do you know what to do when you see lights and sirens approaching?

If an emergency vehicle is behind you sounding an alarm or with flashing lights, you must move out of their path as soon as it is safe to do so.

It is an offence not to give way to an emergency vehicle, so stay alert and be ready to respond when they approach.

 

Tips for assisting our emergency services response vehicles:

  • do not panic
  • slow down (but do not break rapidly)
  • use your indicators
  • be aware of other motorists
  • do not move suddenly or move into the path of the emergency vehicle
  • move as far to the left of the road as you can and come to a stop
  • if you cannot move out of the path safely, stay where you are and let the emergency vehicle drive around you.

Emergency vehicles at intersections

Police and emergency vehicles often stop or slow down when they enter intersections to check if they can pass through safely. If they are sounding an alarm or flashing lights, you must give way, even if you are facing a green traffic light or arrow.

An obstructed journey can be the difference between life and death.

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