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DASHCAM: Coast motorists putting lives at risk

SUNSHINE Coast motorists are delaying police, ambulance and fire services in times of critical emergency, and one police officer has declared enough is enough.

Senior Sergeant Shane Panaho today released dashcam footage from a police car that, along with a police motorcycle, was rushing to the scene of a reported house fire.

Both vehicles had lights and sirens on, but within seconds two vehicles caused delays for the officers.

The footage shows one vehicle pulling into the path of the emergency vehicles and another vehicle failing to move into the left lane.

Snr Sgt Panaho said police were investigating both incidents, which could be offences.

"Imagine if this was your home and your family and the delay caused by drivers failing to be aware of the surroundings made emergency services too late to help a family member," he said.

"When driving it is important that you maintain an awareness of your surroundings."

Drivers fail to move to the left and even move into the path of the officer on a motorcycle.
Drivers fail to move to the left and even move into the path of the officer on a motorcycle. Queensland Police Service

Snr Sgt Panaho said motorists must move into the left lane at the earliest, safest opportunity, or as far left on a single lane road as possible.

Sections 78 and 79 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation 2009 require a driver to give way to, move out of the path of, and not move into the path of an emergency vehicle that is displaying a flashing blue or red light (whether or not it is also displaying other lights) or sounding an alarm.

Failing to keep clear or give way to police and emergency vehicles could see the driver fined $284 and lose three points.

The driver could be ordered to appear in court, where a maximum penalty of $2438 could be imposed.

But Snr Sgt Panago said the consequences of failing to give way could be far more tragic for someone else.

"When driving your vehicle, be on the lookout for emergency service vehicles and please give them right of way," he said.

"The situation that officers are responding to could involve someone you love or know."

Topics:  dashcam footage police traffic


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