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New speed limit to protect emergency service workers
Eunji Cho | 승인 2018.09.06 14:08

The trial of new speed limit designed to improve the safety of emergency personnel has commenced last week. 

For the next 12 months, motorists will be required to slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles displaying red or blue flashing lights. 

Motorists need to keep to 40km/h until they have safely passed all people and emergency vehicles, and give way to any pedestrians in the vicinity of the vehicle. 

Unless the road is divided by a median strip, the rule applies to vehicles travelling in both directions. 

Tough penalties will apply to motorists who ignore the new road rule, including a $448 fine and the loss of three demerit points. 

“We want to make sure the people protecting us on our road network don’t become casualties while doing their jobs,” Executive Director of the Centre for Road Safety, Bernard Carlon said. 

NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons welcomed the new laws saying that increased protection for emergency service workers whilst attending emergency incidents can only be beneficial.

“These laws are focused on the safety of our members, members who are providing emergency assistance to the community in their time of need,” Mr Fitzsimmons said. 

The safety and traffic impacts of the new rule will be monitored during the 12-months trial in consultation with NSW Police, emergency service organisations and other stakeholders. 

More information about the new speed limit is available at roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au.

Eunji Cho  info@hanhodaily.com

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