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Help Emergency Vehicles Save the Day
Despite reports of some drivers deliberately going out of their way to obstruct emergency vehicles, most Singaporeans do want to help. Thankfully the majority of Singapore motorists are keen to assist emergency vehicles reach their destination quickly. And the best way to do that is to know your road rules.
Here are the facts you need to know about emergency vehicle protocol:
- If an emergency vehicle approaches sounding an alarm of flashing lights, move out of its path as soon as it is safe for you to do so.
- If you can’t move left safely, stay where you are and let the emergency vehicle pass you. Emergency service workers are trained to provide a rapid response and anticipate the reactions of drivers on the road.
- Do not drive onto the wrong side of the road, run a red light, or make an illegal turn.
- It is against the law to fail to give way to an emergency vehicle.
- Be aware that there could be more than one emergency vehicle and they could be travelling from different directions.
- Remember, erratic driving can cause further accidents so always practice caution on the road.
Remember under the Civil Defence Act, it is an offence to obstruct a person carrying out or performing emergency duties. Offenders can be fined up to $5,000, jailed for up to six months, or both. Under the Road Traffic Act, obstruction of emergency vehicles responding to an emergency carries a fine of not more than $160 and four demerit points. Offenders can be charged under both acts.