July 31, 2014 1:40 pm
Updated: August 1, 2014 8:02 am

Police stage mock emergency to educate Calgary drivers


CALGARY – Police hope a mock emergency they staged on Stoney Trail on Thursday will encourage drivers to slow down while passing emergency vehicles.

Officers created an elaborate scene around 10 a.m., using a tow truck to rescue a vehicle which they pretended was stranded on the side of the road.

Police then pulled over drivers who didn’t slow down as they passed by.

“Whether it’s an ambulance, fire truck, police cruiser or a tow truck, the law indicates you should slow down to 60 km/h or less, and if safe to do so – pull over into the far lane,” says Cst. Jim Lebedeff.

Officials hope the incident will remind motorists what is at stake for emergency workers.

“For our people out rescuing stranded motorists, that roadside scene is their office. Everyone deserves a safe workplace,” says AMA’s Liam Crotty.

“When you see those flashing lights it’s important to slow down and give us room to work.”

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