The Road Safety Commission has launched a new website to help positively influence the behaviour of Western Australian road users. The website highlights the importance of giving way to emergency vehicles and covers a raft of other frequently asked questions about road rules.
With roughly 2,170 serious crashes in our State resulting in death or serious injury annually, Acting Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia said road users have opportunities to improve their road safety awareness for the greater good of the community.
“The website will act as an educational aid for road users, explaining some of our State’s most asked about road rules,” Mr Papalia said.
“It will also assist individuals to change the way they think and act on the roads to help reduce the burden of serious road trauma in WA.”
The website covers 12 of the most commonly misunderstood road rules, which includes those concerning roundabouts, merging, making u-turns and uncontrolled intersections.
DFES Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey applauded the initiative, stressing the importance of continued education to improve road safety.
“Fire and emergency services personnel and volunteers respond to road crashes across WA and see the terrible toll they can take on people’s lives,” Deputy Commissioner Bailey said.
“It is vitally important that everyone understands the road rules and takes responsibility for road safety.
“It’s also essential that people clear the way for emergency services who are responding to critical incidents. Every second counts when firefighters are called out to an incident.”
The website is available at www.roadrules.rsc.wa.gov.au.
Giving way to emergency vehicles
Emergency vehicles include fire, police and ambulance services.
If an emergency vehicle has blue or red flashing lights and/or sounding an alarm, you must clear the way to let it easily pass.
When an emergency vehicle is approaching:
· stay calm and check to see where it is;
· do not break the law (e.g. drive through a red light or speed);
· give way to it by moving as far to the left of the road as possible;
· if you can’t move left, slow down, indicate left and let the emergency vehicle drive around you;
· use your indicator to signal your intentions to the driver of the emergency vehicle;
· if you are in the left lane, allow other vehicles from an adjacent lane to move into your lane if they need to.