Know The Law

  • Jul. 21, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Pipestone Flyer

Did you know………..

 In ALBERTA, if a vehicle is passing a stopped emergency vehicle with its flashing lights activated, and the passing vehicle is in the adjacent lane, then that vehicle must slow down to 60 km/h or the posted speed limit, whichever is less.  The adjacent lane is described as the lane closest to the emergency vehicle.  If the emergency vehicle is unable to pull completely on to the shoulder and is partially in the driving lane, then the lane on the opposite side of the highway which travels in the opposite direction would be considered the adjacent lane.  This is most often the case in the Thorsby/Breton detachment area, therefore, both lanes of traffic would be required to slow to the required speed limit.  The fine for this violation is double that of which is normally assigned to exceeding the posted speed limit.  A violation with a speed greater than 50 km/h requires an appearance in court.

  In ALBERTA, emergency vehicles include: ambulance, rescue, police, firefighters, tow trucks, and public utility.

 Cst. Bryan Brooks advises please use care when passing emergency vehicles and keep our community and its members safe from their own emergency.

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