After reports of a second fire truck being involved in an accident while stopped on the side of the road, local first responders want the public to be reminded about your safety, along with theirs.
"If you are approaching an accident scene with emergency vehicles - and emergency vehicles include not just police and fire but the ambulance and tow trucks with their light s flashing - you are required by law to reduce your speed to under 60 kilometres an hour," explained Corporal Rachel Pergunas od the Drumheller RCMP. "If it is a two-lane and you are able to move into the further most lane that is the best. The fines for speeding past an emergency vehicle are double."
While this seems like common sense for most, Pergunas remarks that vehicles speeding by her are a common occurrence.
"I have been a police officer for the past 13 years and I have had a number of close calls where people are just not paying attention, maybe don't know the law or don't care, I am not sure. If you have a vehicle stopped for a traffic infraction, you'll be standing at their window and people are whizzing by you, it is a little unnerving for sure," continued Pergunas.
For our local fire department, Fire Cheif Bruce Wade doesn't see it happening as much, but still warns caution around any local emergency vehicles.
"In our history, no, people are pretty good. Normally, on two-lane high ways, they are pretty conscience on what is going on. Tow trucks might be a different situation."