29 September 2023

Dangers of not slowing for flashing lights highlighted in highway crash

| Claire Fenwicke
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This police vehicle was stationary when it was struck from behind. Photo: ACT Policing.

Motorists have been reminded to slow down around emergency vehicles after ACT Policing highlighted the case of two police officers who were treated for minor injuries after a white Ford Ranger struck their stationary vehicle.

They had been attending a collision between a single vehicle and a kangaroo on the Majura Parkway at about 6:15 am on Saturday, September 16.

The vehicle was on the southbound side of the road and couldn’t be moved, so a tow truck was arranged.

police vehicle struck while stationary

Motorists must slow down to 40 km/h if an emergency vehicle has its lights flashing. Photo: ACT Policing.

The officers were seated inside their police vehicle at about 6:55 am, waiting for the tow truck to arrive.

Their vehicle was stationary with the emergency lights activated, blocking traffic from passing until the scene was cleared.

It was then struck from behind by a white Ford Ranger estimated to have been travelling between 80 km/h and 100 km/h.

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It is law in the ACT and NSW for vehicles to slow to 40 km/h when passing an emergency vehicle with flashing lights activated.

The penalty for failing to slow near emergency vehicles is $289 and two demerit points.

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I’ve seen some shocking plod antics on the road, shaking my head as to the number of brain cells shared by the men in blue. For instance, a RBT set up around a blind corner with very little shoulder to pull into. Clearly the Ranger driver was a dope in this case

Did the police end up arresting that kangaroo?

In NSW that is.

If you are going to state what the law is, please get it right instead of misleading the readers. When passing a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing blue or red lights: if the speed limit is 80km/h or less, you must slow down to 40km/h. if the speed limit is over 80km/h, you must slow down safely and move over.

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