Every day in Perth County, emergency services - police, fire and paramedics provide an excellent response to 9-1-1 calls, usually arriving within minutes. But too often their response is delayed by motorists refusing to move over, causing precious seconds to be lost. And these seconds could be the difference between life and death. Additionally, motorists come far too close to stopped emergency responders on our roadsides.
"Move Over... Protect Us All!" is an awareness campaign and video that focuses on what drivers must do when approached by an ambulance, police cruiser or fire truck with emergency lights activated, so that the responders can get to where they are needed quickly and safely. Developed by Toronto Police and its partner agencies, Perth County has been given permission to use these tools to educate the Community. You can find it on You Tube at https://youtu.be/8RBLd6UTcuY or on the Perth County Emergency Management Facebook page.
"Move Over... Protect Us All!" also helps to explain Ontario's "Move Over Law". All drivers must obey this law to help save the lives of emergency services workers and citizens they are with when stopped at the roadside.
“Failing to observe these traffic laws can delay personnel responding to life threatening incidents and put emergency personnel at risk themselves” says Staff Sergeant Stephane Pilon from OPP’s Perth County Detachment.
“Not only can our paramedics be put in harm’s way, but so too can a patient being transported to hospital” adds Paramedic Chief Linda Rockwood.
“We might be trying to save your house or loved ones. Don’t be the reason that we are delayed in responding. Fires grow much quicker today compared to decades ago, so every second counts.” said Perth East and West Perth Fire Chief Bill Hunter. “If you see a vehicle with a flashing green light, please yield the right of way. That will be one of our firefighters responding to the station”.
North Perth Fire Chief Ed Smith reminds motorists, “When an ambulance, police, fire emergency vehicle or tow truck is stopped on the side of the road with its emergency lights activated, drivers in the lane next to it must slow down and, where possible and if it’s safe to do so, change lanes. We all like to go home to our families”