“Over the past few days, members of the Integrated Traffic Unit have been working in the rural areas around Grande Prairie focusing their attention on vehicles for passing emergency workers while exceeding 60 km per hour while emergency workers have their emergency equipment activated,” Cst. Jamie Day writes. “By failing to slow down, this endangers police officers and other emergency responders.”
The law requires, at least in Alberta, that vehicles in the adjacent lane to an emergency vehicle or tow truck slow down to 60 km/h or the posted speed limit, whichever is less, according to Cst. Day.
“The fine for violating this law is double the amount normally assigned for driving over the posted speed limit.”
This fine is determined by each km/h over the 60 km/h limit or the posted limit, capped at 50 km/h, at which point a court appearance for the driver is mandatory.
“The RCMP’s Integrated Traffic Unit have issued numerous violations over the past few days and will continue to focus their efforts to educate and crack down on drivers who fail to slow to the legal speed limit when passing emergency vehicles with their emergency lights activated,” Cst. Day concludes. “Please, give us room to work and allow us to do our job safely.”