SES Mildura unit controller Michael Hellwege says he has witnessed some “very close calls” with passing vehicles while attending to emergencies on Sunraysia roads.
He has welcomed a new road rule by the State Government which will see Victorian drivers face hefty fines if they do not slow to 40km/h when passing emergency vehicles with flashing lights or sirens that have stopped on the side of the road.
From July 1, people who break this rule could be forced to pay a $277 on-the-spot fine or a court-imposed penalty of up to $793.
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