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HONEST MISTAKE You could be fined THOUSANDS for giving way to emergency vehicles – here’s how to avoid it

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Giving way to emergency vehicles on the road is required by law, but drivers are warned not to put themselves at risk.

While ambulances and police cars have the right to run things like red lights and drive in bus lanes, regular drivers don’t.

Road safety and breakdown organization GEM Motoring Assist encourages all road users to be “blue light aware” and stay safe and legal when providing assistance to emergency vehicles.

GEM Managing Director Neil Worth says: “We all want to help ambulance drivers and most of the time just stopping and letting them pass is enough.

“But we have to make sure whatever we do as drivers is safe and legal. Because we all have to obey the road traffic regulations, even if we give priority to an emergency vehicle.

“Blue light drivers have certain privileges, the rest of us don’t. So if we drive through a red light or into a bus lane to make room for an ambulance, we risk a hefty fine even if we’re just trying to help.

GEM has created a series of videos to help drivers understand how they can help and avoid significant fines.

It makes it clear that emergency drivers appreciate our help when it’s safe and legal, but don’t expect anyone to put themselves or others at risk.

Worth continued: “The series of short videos shows how we can help at intersections and roundabouts, on freeways and on no-pass zones.

“Take a few minutes to understand how best to assist when an emergency vehicle is trying to get through.

“Not only will you be better able to stay legal and safe, you will also do your part to help when someone’s life could depend on it.”

In addition to its video series, GEM also offers simple tips on how best to deal with a situation where you have to give way to an emergency vehicle.

It said: “Stay safe and legal. Nobody expects you to put yourself at risk or break the law to assist an emergency vehicle.

“Remain calm and alert. The earlier you recognize an emergency vehicle, the more time you have to plan.

“Don’t judge which emergency vehicles deserve your help and which don’t. Strive for a consistently prudent and courteous attitude that puts safety first in every situation.

“If you slow down or stop, do not start or accelerate until the emergency vehicle has completely passed.

“There may be more than one emergency vehicle coming, so watch out for different sirens and look around before you set off.

Giving way to emergency vehicles on the road is required by law, but drivers are warned not to put themselves at risk.

While ambulances and police cars have the right to run things like red lights and drive in bus lanes, regular drivers don’t.

Road safety and breakdown organization GEM Motoring Assist encourages all road users to be “blue light aware” and stay safe and legal when providing assistance to emergency vehicles.

GEM Managing Director Neil Worth says: “We all want to help ambulance drivers and most of the time just stopping and letting them pass is enough.

“But we have to make sure whatever we do as drivers is safe and legal. Because we all have to obey the road traffic regulations, even if we give priority to an emergency vehicle.

“Blue light drivers have certain privileges, the rest of us don’t. So if we drive through a red light or into a bus lane to make room for an ambulance, we risk a hefty fine even if we’re just trying to help.

GEM has created a series of videos to help drivers understand how they can help and avoid significant fines.

It makes it clear that emergency drivers appreciate our help when it’s safe and legal, but don’t expect anyone to put themselves or others at risk.

Worth continued: “The series of short videos shows how we can help at intersections and roundabouts, on freeways and on no-pass zones.

“Take a few minutes to understand how best to assist when an emergency vehicle is trying to get through.

“Not only will you be better able to stay legal and safe, you will also do your part to help when someone’s life could depend on it.”

In addition to its video series, GEM also offers simple tips on how best to deal with a situation where you have to give way to an emergency vehicle.

It said: “Stay safe and legal. Nobody expects you to put yourself at risk or break the law to assist an emergency vehicle.

While ambulances and police cars have the right to run things like red lights and drive in bus lanes, regular drivers don’t.

“Don’t judge which emergency vehicles deserve your help and which don’t. Strive for a consistently prudent and courteous attitude that puts safety first in every situation.

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