Emergency service group lobbies for speed limit to be introduced at emergency scenes

Emergency crews at the site of the Woodstock grass fire last December. A campaign has been launched for a 40km/h speed limit at emergency scenes as a safety measure.
Emergency crews at the site of the Woodstock grass fire last December. A campaign has been launched for a 40km/h speed limit at emergency scenes as a safety measure.

A campaign is underway to introduce 40km/h speed limits at emergency scenes to protect the safety of emergency service workers.

The Rural Fire Service Association president Ken Middleton is lobbying the NSW government and said similar steps were taken in Victoria and South Australia.

Canobolas Rural Fire Service zone operations officer Brett Bowden said most drivers already slow down at fire and accident scenes and all drivers should slow down regardless of whether there is a law in place. 

Typically we don’t have too many problems ... but there is the odd occasion.

Canobolas RFS zone operations officer, Brett Bowden

“Typically we don’t have too many problems with people speeding but there is the odd occasion,” he said.

“One was a bus on the Mitchell Highway that drove through an accident scene somewhat quickly.

“Another was when we had a truck attending a roadside fire and we had a truck partially on the road.”

Mr Bowden said people drive slower when there’s smoke limiting visibility and when police are present.

However, he said people who slowed down at crashes but took their eyes off the road to look at the emergency scene were putting emergency workers at risk.