The Traffic Safety Amendment Act now will permit blue lights to be used in conjunction with amber lights on tow trucks.
The move comes after tow truck operator Courtney Schaefer was killed March 7 in a collision along the roadside near the Gerald area during blizzard conditions.
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Joe Hargrave is the Minister Responsible for SGI. He says adding the blue lights will increase visibility, increase safety and heighten awareness.
“We’ve heard from tow truck operators about how they risk their lives daily while they assist motorists in distress,” Hargrave said. ”
Saskatchewan is the first jurisdiction in Canada to introduce a two-colour lighting combination for tow trucks – other jurisdictions use amber lights only.
The addition of blue lights isn’t mandatory – Saskatchewan operators can still opt for amber only.
Tow truck operators can also strategically install additional lights to the tow truck and trailer providing there is at least one amber light on top of the truck that can be seen 360 degrees around the unit.
Tow truck operators will be able to install blue lights once the bill receives royal assent and is proclaimed which will happen at the end of May.
SGI will be undertaking public awareness efforts to educate the public about blue lights on tow trucks.
“We also remind motorists it’s the law to slow to 60 kilometres per hour when passing tow trucks and any emergency vehicles on the highway when flashing lights are engaged,” Hargrave said. “If you are going even 10 km/hr over that limit, it will cost you $210.”