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Slow down when passing emergency vehicles from July 1

Article Category  Dimboola Courier > Current News
Date Published  Monday, June 19 2017

Slow down when passing emergency vehicles from July 1
From 1st July Victorian road users will be required to slow to 40 kilometres per hour when passing emergency services vehicles which are moving slowly or are stationary, or risk a fine.

Drivers will be required to safely slow to 40km/h when passing a stationary or slow-moving emergency vehicle that is responding to an emergency with flashing lights or a siren sounding.

After passing the vehicle, drivers should not increase speed again until reaching a safe distance from the scene, so that emergency workers can do their job without fear of being hit by passing traffic.

A number of emergency workers have been killed and injured on Victorian roads after being struck by passing vehicles or debris.

A recent survey also found that almost one in five emergency service workers said they’d had four or more ‘near misses’ while stopped on the roadside over the past three years. These incidents are considered commonplace, but are often not recorded

The new rule will apply to Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, County Fire Authority and State Emergency Service vehicles.

It also applies to VicRoads Transport Safety Service vehicles with magenta flashing lights.

Current road rules do not require drivers to reduce speed or take other action when passing a stationary emergency or enforcement vehicle.

The rule is consistent with existing 40 km/h speed limit requirements in other areas where vulnerable road users are present, including roadwork sites and school zones.

The changes are the result of extensive consultation with Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Country Fire Authority, WorkSafe, Emergency Management Victoria, Department of Justice and Regulation, the Transport Accident Commission and RACV.

The fine for an infringement of the new road rule is $277 and the maximum court penalty is $793. No demerit points apply.




Hindmarsh Shire Council adopted the Dimboola Community Precinct Plans in September 2016 and is now inviting community feedback on a proposed amendment.


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In September 2017, it will be 100 years since the sons of Edwin and Polly were killed in the First World War, only 4 days apart.

To commemorate this event, on Sunday 24th of September 2017, a service will be held at the Dimboola Cemetery.


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