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Know what to do when you see red and blue

UNDER new road rules, Tasmanian motorists are now required to safely slow down to 40km/h when they see emergency services on the roadside with flashing lights.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson said the Liberal Government was taking action to protect emergency service workers attending roadside incidents.

“This important change is part of this Government’s commitment to keep our first responders safe while attending emergency situations, included in our plan which voters endorsed at the last election,” he said.

“The new road rules recognise the time-critical nature our first responders deal with during emergency situations and will help reduce the risk of being hit by fast-moving vehicles.

“This is just one more way we are working to save lives and reduce injuries on our roads, moving towards our target of reducing the number of annual serious injuries and deaths on Tasmanian roads to less than 200 by 2026.”

Caption: From left, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management Mark Shelton, Road Safety Advisory Council chair Garry Bailey, deputy regional chief north Ian Bounds and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson.