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December 13, 2004
A warning to drivers who endanger fire fighters, police and paramedics
Please join Toronto Fire Services Division Commander Andrew Kostiuk, Toronto
Emergency Medical Services Community Safeguard Services Manager Peter
Macintyre, and Superintendent Peter Burns of the Ontario Provincial Police
(OPP) Greater Toronto Region, in sharing our message to put the brakes on
drivers that endanger paramedics, fire fighters and police. Watch for emergency
vehicles stopped on the road or on the shoulders - and slow down.

Date: Monday, December 13
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: OPP Toronto Detachment (Northwest corner of Keele St. and Hwy 401)

To increase safety, Ontario's Highway Traffic Act, Section 159.1 now requires
motorists to slow down and pass with caution when approaching a fire, ambulance
or police vehicle stopped with its red lights flashing in the same direction of
travel, either in a lane or on the shoulder of the road. If the road has two
or more lanes, the motorist must move over into another lane, if it can be done

A first offence is a $400 to $2,000 fine, plus three demerit points upon

A second offence (within 5 years) is a $1,000 to $4,000 fine, possible jail
time up to 6 months and possible suspension of driver's licence for up to two

Please help your emergency services providers by using caution when passing
police officers, paramedics or fire fighters who have stopped on the roadside
to offer assistance to motorists.

Media contacts:
Captain Michael Strapko, Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-9319, pager 416-334-5223
Larry Roberts, Toronto Emergency Medical Services, 416-392-2255, cell
Sgt. Cam Woolley, Ontario Provincial Police, cell 416 417-9070, pager 416



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