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Drivers being reminded to pull over and yield for flashing green lights

You’re being reminded to pull over and yield when you see a vehicle approaching with flashing green lights.

In Ontario, drivers are required to pull over and stop for all emergency vehicles, including fire trucks.

Motorists are also encouraged to pull over for volunteer firefighters on their way to an emergency, because every second counts.

“Although it isn’t law in Ontario for you to pull over and stop for volunteer emergency vehicles, it can mean the difference between life and death in a volunteer being able to get to the scene of an emergency that much quicker.” Says St. Marys Fire Chief Richard “Andy” Anderson. “The green flashing light alerts motorists that a vehicle is on its way to an emergency, this is permitted under the Highway Traffic Act. Please yield to vehicles with flashing green lights within our community,”

The green light is a courtesy, it doesn’t afford volunteer firefighters any sort of special privileges on the road such as being able to go through stop signs, through red lights, or pass vehicles.

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