When to yield, stop, or detour around emergency response vehicles

Did you know?
Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle results in a $233 fine and three demerit points

It's essential that first responders reach those in need as quickly as possible. As a driver, you can help. Here's how.

  • If an emergency vehicle is approaching, pull over and stop as close to the curb as possible. Move as far away from the centre of the intersection as you can to provide a path.
  • If you're passing stopped emergency vehicles, slow down to 60km/h or the posted lower speed if you're in the next closest lane
  • Stay at least 150m behind an emergency vehicle with sirens or flashing lights on - to help give you a reference, 150m is nearly 1.5 times the length of a football field
  • Look up the emergency detour and evacuation routes in your community