Local RCMP are looking to minimize careless drivers.
 
Police are warning drivers, not only is it law to slow down when passing emergency vehicles on the side of the road, it's also a safety issue.
 
Northwest of Edmonton last month, a police car with flashing lights on the side of the road had it's rear end clipped by a careless driver. Luckily the officer, nor the offending vehicle left anyone injured.
 
"If you're passing a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing lights you need to slow down to 60 km/h or if there's a lower posted speed limit you need to follow that," said Janice Shoepp, Constable with the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP.
 
Fines are double in Alberta if you speed past stopped police vehicles, ambulances, fire and tow trucks with their lights flashing.
 
Motorists should reduce speed, carefully change lanes if necessary, be prepared to stop and be aware that the vehicle ahead of you may stop or reduce speed unexpectedly.
 
 
 
 
 

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