March 2, 2006
AMA urges motorists to slow down around emergency vehicles
Edmonton, Alberta – With winter in full swing, the Alberta Motor Association (AMA) is urging motorists to slow down around emergency vehicles.
As of October 31, 2005, legislation requires that motorists reduce their speed to 60 km/h or slower if signs indicate, when passing emergency vehicles or tow trucks stopped with their lights flashing. Fines for speeding around emergency vehicles have doubled, and now range from $114 to $702, plus two to six demerit points, depending on the speed.
The AMA says that when you encounter any emergency vehicle with flashing lights, reduce your speed and change lanes to give emergency workers plenty of room to work, and when passing, keep as much distance as possible between your vehicle and any tow trucks, watching carefully for the operator and any other individuals at the scene.