Canberra motorists are being reminded they are required by law to slow down to 40 km/h when passing emergency services vehicles displaying a blue or red flashing light.
It comes after a 40-year-old man was recently charged and found guilty of drug driving, driving with a suspended licence and driving in excess of 40km/h when passing an emergency service vehicle.
ACT Policing said the driver passed them at speed while officers were conducting a routine traffic stop. The man has been fined $500 for not slowing down when passing police. If the man fails to pay, he will be imprisoned for two days.
Acting Superintendent Road Policing Stephen Booth said that while most Canberrans comply with these road rules, there are some who do not.
“We all have a role to play in providing a safe working environment for our emergency service workers on the road or roadside,” he said.
An ACT Policing spokesperson said while this law was introduced in 2018, officers still found people are unsure of the 40 km/h requirement.
“Sticking to this speed limit is an important safety measure for emergency service workers as they go about their work on Canberra’s roads,” they said.
The fine for failing to slow near emergency vehicles is $257 and two demerit points.