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II. Dealing with particular situations
Reacting to a stopped emergency vehicle or tow truck

When you see an emergency vehicle stopped with its red, or red and blue, flashing lights or a stopped tow truck with its amber lights flashing in a lane or on the shoulder in your direction of travel, you must slow down and pass with caution. If the road has two or more lanes, you must move over into another lane to allow one lane clear­ance between your vehicle and the emergency vehicle, if it can be done safely. (See Diagram 3-2)

Illustration of a railway crossing with flashing lights

Diagram 3-2

Failing to follow these rules can result in a conviction, demerit points on your driving record, a driver’s-licence suspension of up to two years and a fine of $400 to $2,000 for a first offence, and $1,000 to $4,000 for a subse­quent offence (a “subsequent” offence is when you are convicted again within five years). The court can order you to spend up to six months in jail, or you may have to pay a fine or do both.