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RCMP reminds drivers in Newfoundland and Labrador about yielding the right-of-way to emergency vehicles

Eastern Heatlh ambulance
Eastern Heatlh ambulance

Five drivers fined on province's west coast in October

STEADY BROOK, N.L. —

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is reminding drivers in Newfoundland and Labrador about the necessity to yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles following three incidents in October.

On the TCH near Steady Brook on Oct. 16, an ambulance travelling with light and sirens activated was passed by a pick-up truck. Two days later, an ambulance with lights and sirens activated was passed by two vehicles simultaneously, also near Steady Brook. 

The third incident occurred near Pasadena on Oct. 23 when two vehicles simultaneously passed an ambulance with lights and sirens activated.

The drivers of all five vehicles were fined $390 and had two points deducted from their driver's license. 

The RCMP reminds motorists that upon the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle with its lights and sirens activated, drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to the emergency vehicle. Immediately pull over to the right-hand side of the curb or edge of the roadway, clear of an intersection, stop and remain in that position until the emergency vehicle has passed.

Under no circumstances is a driver permitted to overtake an emergency vehicle travelling on the roadway with its lights and sirens activated.

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