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If you damage any traffic control
device, a parking meter or any public
property, you must report this to the
police immediately, even if the damages
are less than $2,000. 

You must notify the owner of an
unattended vehicle of any damage
caused through a collision. If you are
unable to locate the owner, you must
securely attach your name, address,
driver’s licence number, vehicle plate
number and phone number to the
damaged vehicle.

Emergency
response vehicles
and tow trucks

When driving, incidents may cause
the lanes of the roadway to be blocked or
narrowed. Some examples of this are
traffic collisions, disabled vehicles,
spilled cargo, and highway maintenance
or construction.

Flashing lights from emergency
vehicles will warn you of a problem
ahead. Reduce speed, carefully change
lanes if necessary and be prepared
to stop. Follow directions given by
emergency personnel directing traffic. Be
aware that the vehicle ahead of you may
stop or reduce speed unexpectedly to
view the scene.

One of the most serious problems
associated with these types of incidents
is the risk of response personnel or
equipment being struck by passing
vehicles. Services that typically respond
to highway incidents include: 
 

• law enforcement
• ambulance
• fire
• towing

Motorists must reduce speed to
60 km/h
or the posted speed, whichever
is lower, when passing emergency
vehicles or tow trucks that are stopped
with their lights flashing. This law applies
to the lane(s) immediately next to the
stopped vehicles. The fine for speeding in
these areas is doubled.

If you are not in the lane next to the
stopped vehicles, you still need to be
watchful and cautious.

Reduce your speed and leave lots of
space between yourself and emergency
personnel and equipment at the scene.
Also, watch for the movement of personnel
around the scene.

Emergency vehicles

When an ambulance, fire or police
emergency vehicle is approaching
from any direction and is sounding a
siren, you must yield the right-of-way.
• Safely move your vehicle to allow the
   emergency vehicle passage.
• Drive as closely as possible to the right
   curb or edge of a two-way roadway.
• Move right or left to the nearest curb 
 

CHAPTER SIX                                             EMERGENCY SITUATIONS AND CHALLENGING CONDITIONS  83

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