The Regina Police Service is asking motorists to remember to slow down to 60km/hr when passing emergency vehicles and tow trucks with emergency lights in operation on the Ring Road and on other highways.
We realize the weather is far from ideal right now, with the extreme cold, tons of new snow, and anticipated warmer weather this weekend (which will cause some melting, then freezing), so we are asking motorists to adjust their speed for the conditions. Keep in mind the officers, EMTs, firefighters, and tow truck operators who are out in that cold weather for extended periods, helping victims of breakdowns and collisions. They are out on the road – sometimes in a driving lane – and it can be a scary situation to have vehicles pass at 100km/hr while standing only a few feet away.
The fines for passing emergency workers and roadside assistance/tow truck drivers climb up a category in fines. Here are examples for “Exceed 60 km/hr when passing stopped emergency vehicle or tow truck that has its emergency lights in operation” [Sec 204(1) & 205(1), TSA]:
- Speed over by 15km/hr, fine is $220 (Regular speeding ticket would be $125)
- Speed over by 30km/hr, fine is $250 (Regular speeding ticket would be $150)
- Speed over by 40km/hr, fine is $360 (Regular speeding ticket would be $200)
The goal is to have everyone get home safely, including emergency personnel and tow-truck operators. We know you know this. Please, slow down.