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Safety Tips

Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities is everyone's responsibility. By practising the following personal and property safety tips, you can help reduce the incidents of crime and keep your community safe.


When You Hear a Siren

What Drivers SHOULD Do:
  1. Remain calm and move your vehicle appropriately. Don't panic! Don't pull over suddenly.
  2. Use your blinker to show emergency crews the direction you are moving.
  3. Pull to the right and come to a stop.
  4. When on a high-speed road or when there is no room to stop, slow down as much as possible.
  5. When in the left lane, pull over into the right lane as the traffic in the lane to your right moves over. If you cannot move to the right because of an obstacle such as a car, simply stop. Your prompt action will let the emergency vehicle driver know what you are doing.
  6. When an emergency vehicle approaches you from behind while you are stationary at an intersection stop sign or red light, do not move unless you can pull to the right.
  7. When on a one-way street, pulling to the right is still the best option. If, due to traffic, you cannot move right, you may pull to the left curb and yield to the middle lane(s). This is the one appropriate exception to the "pull to the right" rule.
  8. After the crew passes, carefully merge back into traffic.
What Drivers SHOULD NOT do:
  1. Don't stop in the middle lane when there is room to pull to the right.
  2. Don't pull to the left into a centre lane or a left turn lane.
  3. Don't drive through a red light or a stop sign when an emergency vehicle approaches from behind.
  4. Don't turn quickly to the left into a driveway or street.
  5. Don't race ahead to get through a green light or speed up to turn at the next intersection.
  6. Don't disregard the presence of the emergency vehicle by continuing to drive on.
  7. It is illegal to follow within 300 feet of any emergency vehicle when it is answering an emergency call.
The drivers of all emergency vehicles are thoroughly trained and tested. They are taught to drive with regard for the safety of others. Their intent is to never force other drivers off the road.

By following the rules, we can all help emergency services reach their destination in a safe and timely manner.