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Regulating safe driving behaviour passing stationary emergency and enforcement vehicles with flashing warning lights

Poulter, C., Freethy, C J, Wishart, S

Hazard Perception Speed, Speeding & Travel Speeds Workplace and Work Related Road Safety

ARSC conference 2018

Emergency and enforcement workers perform diverse and time-critical tasks on the road and in road-related environments, placing them at risk of being struck by passing vehicles. In response to ongoing concerns from emergency providers and other agencies, VicRoads undertook a collaborative process to investigate the nature of roadside incidents involving emergency or enforcement workers and the feasibility of regulating driver behavior. Informed by research and consultation, a new road rule was introduced requiring drivers and riders to safely slow to 40 km/h when passing stationary or slow-moving emergency and enforcement vehicles with red, blue or magenta flashing warning lights.