What do I do when I see Emergency Personnel on the roadway??
As a responsible community member, it is essential to be aware of and follow the proper protocols when an emergency vehicle is approaching or is already stopped on the side of the road. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Move to the right: When you see or hear an emergency vehicle approaching with lights and sirens on, quickly move your vehicle to the right side of the road to allow for safe passage. This includes pulling over to the right, even in the left lane.
Stay calm: Remember to stay calm and focused when an emergency vehicle is approaching. Avoid sudden movements and use your turn signal when changing lanes or pulling over. Please do not stop in the middle of the roadway.
Keep a safe distance: Maintain a safe distance from the emergency vehicle to avoid any potential accidents. It’s essential to give the vehicle plenty of room to maneuver.
Move to the left: If you are already in the right lane and there is an emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the road, move to the left lane to give the vehicle plenty of space. This will help ensure the safety of the emergency responders as they work to provide assistance. This includes Police, Fire, EMS, and Tow Trucks.
Be aware of your surroundings: Keep an eye out for emergency vehicles and listen for sirens, especially when driving in busy areas or near hospitals or fire stations.
Remember, following these protocols can make a big difference in helping emergency responders reach their destination quickly and safely.
Also, failing to pull over for emergency personnel violates the law. The penalties for this offence can be significant and can impact your ability to drive in the future. Driving near emergency vehicles | ontario.ca
Thank you for doing your part to keep our communities safe!