Every few minutes an emergency vehicle uses lights and sirens on Western Australian roads to assist someone in a life threatening situation.
You should know what to do and how to respond in such a situation.
Every second counts when firefighters are called out to an incident, which is why it is vital for people to give way safely when an emergency vehicle such as a fire truck approaches.
An emergency vehicle is a vehicle with flashing blue or red lights. The most common emergency vehicles are ambulance, fire and police vehicles.
What should I do if I encounter an emergency vehicle when driving?
- Most importantly, do not panic.
- Stay calm and check where the emergency vehicle is coming from.
- Then give way by merging left if it is safe to do so.
- If you cannot move left safely you should slow down or stop and let the emergency vehicle overtake you.
- Do not speed up or try to outrun the vehicle as this is dangerous.
- Remember, you cannot break the law to give way to an emergency vehicle, for example, driving through a red light.
Can I be penalised for not giving way to emergency vehicles?
- Yes. It is an offence not to give way to an emergency vehicle. The penalty is a fine and loss of demerit points.
For more information please refer to the Road Safety Commission Road Rules website.