The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed The Traffic Safety (Tow Trucks) Amendment Act, 2017 to permit blue lights to be used in conjunction with amber lights on tow trucks and other vehicles providing roadside assistance.
Adding blue lights will increase visibility from further distances on highways. The law goes into effect immediately.
”Operators of tow trucks and roadside assistance vehicles put their lives on the line to help stranded motorists,” Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) Joe Hargrave said. “Adding blue lights to these vehicles will alert motorists sooner, providing them ample time to slow to 60 while passing. It will help make highways safer for all road users, and help our roadside responders make it home safely.”
A public safety awareness campaign will begin on the long weekend, educating drivers about the importance of slowing to 60 kilometres per hour when they see flashing lights on the side of the road, regardless of color – whether blue, red or amber. SGI also reminds drivers that exceeding the limit by even 10 km/h when passing these vehicles with lights engaged will cost a driver $210, including fines and surcharges.
Visit SGI’s website at www.sgi.sk.ca to learn more about blue lights and laws regarding #SlowTo60.