• Feb 12, 2007
Alright, do we have your attention? The details of this story make it a bit more understandable. As it turns out, Valerie Montgomery was fined $632 Canadian dollars for not slowing down while passing an emergency vehicle, in this case a police car that had pulled someone else over on the shoulder of the road. We were not aware of this law, which apparently is new in Calgary, that stipulates all vehicles must slow to 60 kph in their lane when passing a stopped emergency vehicle on a shoulder directly adjacent to that lane.

Valerie eventually got the fine reduced to $115. She was quoted as saying, "What's an emergency vehicle, anyway?" Do you think it is obvious that a police car with its lights on is an emergency vehicle? Ambulances and firetrucks would be the other obvious vehicles that qualify.

We personally hate it when cars don't slow down, stop at lights (even when green) and pull over for ambulances, fire trucks and police cars en route. We bet if their loved one were waiting for that ambulance, they would want everyone to pull over or else be fined $632 Canadian dollars.

[Source: Calgary Pundit (warning: some bad language)]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Well we all know why this law came in place. Common sense
      is often a rare beast when people sit behind a wheel.
      A member on the RCMP was killed while he had a car pulled over a
      couple of years ago hence they brought in this law. They have
      had this law next door in Saskatchewan (Sask.)for a few years
      and I was wondering when it was going to come to Alberta.
      They have a similar law for construction Zone where fines
      are double.
      It's getting so bad that now that on major routes where
      there might be a vehicle over 10,000lbs and speeds over
      30 mph that they wont allow you to take a left hand turn.
      Only when the little green arrow is flash otherwise it red baby.
      Because again some motorists saw the light changing
      and turned left in to the path of a semi running the light @45mph.
      And the semi should have stopped you know.
      Next thing it will be mandatory to take a pee break.
      The West is not so Wild anymore.
      Matt
      • 7 Years Ago
      It isn't fair to judge the whole South or the whole country on one video. They came here to make trouble, they found it. I'm from NY, but I live in NC now, and while places like this certainly do exist, it's not everywhere. Tell me that you'll never find more than 5 irrational people in Britain, or France, or New Zealand. Someone tell me that that 10-15 people on a 5-minute episode can accurately represent all 300 million residents of this country
      • 7 Years Ago
      can you imagine the chaos that it would cause to force people to slow down to ~36mph on any major interstate any time there was a vehicle with its flashers on? People rubber neck enough as it is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      JR said it best. It's pretty sad that we need to legislate common sense to make up for all the morons who don't deserve driving licenses.

      I'm all for rights of the public, but, c'mon... "What's an emergency vehicle"? How thick are you, woman? Thanks to your stupidity, we'll have more ridiculous and over-complicated laws with more loopholes to slip through.


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      It is written "km/h" and not "kph". Just like how miles per hour is "MPH" and not "mph".
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      There's no need to be pedantic; they mean exactly the same thing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Off topic, IF the author is reading this.

      It is written "km/h" and not "kph". Just like how miles per hour is "MPH" and not "mph".

      • 7 Years Ago
      Sask. has a similar law, as does Ontario. The ontario law isn't nearly as specific about fine though. Theoretically, you will either find it unenforced, or the fines are HUGE.
      • 7 Years Ago
      doesn't anyone notice that the cars are not canadian police cars?!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This law doesn't seem that new. Texas has a similar law. I believe you have to slow down by 20 mph of the posted limit if you are in the immediate lane next to the pulled over cop. That being said most people move to the outside lane and therefor don't need to slow down.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes in Texas we do have this law.

      You have 2 options:
      1. Move over 1 lane
      2. if you cannot change lanes, slow down to 20 mph below speed limit (so 40-50 mph on highway).

      Doesn't the entire USA have this law?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I live in Atlanta, traffic moves fast here and law enforcement waits until after the morning rush hours (6AM to 10AM) before it leaves the Dunkin Donut Shops. Many times fire engines would be going flat out at about 52mph east bound on I-285 in the morning,, while 85-88 mph traffic passed on both sides. I never envied them, the flashing red lights kept them from getting run over.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When a car zooms by you really fast, the airflow sucks you into the car's wake behind the car.
      Quite dangerous. Especially when a truck does it.
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