Centre for Road Safety

Our video explains what to do when you hear a siren or see the flashing blue or red lights of an approaching emergency vehicle. Read a transcript.

When you hear a siren or see the flashing blue or red lights of an approaching emergency vehicle, you must:

  • Keep clear of the emergency vehicle. If you are in the way of an emergency vehicle, you must move out of the way as soon as you can safely do so. Generally, you should pullover to the left. If possible, move into the left lane, or into the road shoulder or breakdown lane. Drivers on both sides of the road should be prepared to move out of the path of approaching emergency vehicles.
  • Give way to the emergency vehicle. If you are stopped you must remain stopped until it is safe to proceed, even if the traffic light is green. If you’re not stopped you must slow down and stop if necessary to avoid a collision with the emergency vehicle.

Emergency vehicles travelling with audible sirens or flashing lights are responding to urgent situations and are not required to follow road rules, as long as it is safe for them to do so. Drivers should always be extra cautious when they see flashing lights or hear sirens.