Dear Cop - Emergency Vehicle

Could you inform the public on the procedure of what to do when an emergency vehicle comes up behind you with it's lights and siren on. I have noticed a lot of people are not pulling over and stopping.

Thank you for asking this question. I can't count how many times I have been traveling down a roadway with my lights and siren on and have seen some horrendous driving behaviors. This is a great frustration for all operators of emergency vehicles when using their emergency equipment and drivers of vehicles just ignore the approaching siren(s).

Approach of emergency vehicle
Section 177 of the Motor Vehicle Act indicates that on the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle giving an audible signal by a bell, siren or exhaust whistle, and showing a visible flashing red light, except when otherwise directed by a peace officer, a driver must yield the right of way, and immediately drive to a position parallel to and as close as possible to the nearest edge or curb of the roadway, clear of an intersection, and stop and remain in that position until the emergency vehicle has passed.

The best way to drive when an emergency vehicle is approaching from behind or towards your location is to pull over to the right side of the roadway and come to a stop.

Constable R.A.(Richard) ASELTON
Central Okanagan Traffic Services - Media Liaison
Kelowna R.C.M.P. Detachment

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Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. He has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his service in the RCMP.

The column was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and here on Castanet.net.

Schewe retired from the force in January of 2006, but the column has become a habit, and continues.

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