You will soon see blue lights in conjunction with amber lights on tow trucks and other roadside assistance vehicles on Saskatchewan highways.
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed The Traffic Safety (Tow Trucks) Amendment Act, 2017 which will permit these lights.
According to officials, adding blue lights will increase visibility from further distances on highways. The law goes into effect immediately.
”Operators of tow trucks and roadside assistance vehicles put their lives on the line to help stranded motorists,” Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) Joe Hargrave said. “Adding blue lights to these vehicles will alert motorists sooner, providing them ample time to slow to 60 while passing.”
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.
A public safety awareness campaign will begin on the long weekend, educating drivers about the importance of slowing to 60 kilometres per hour when they see flashing lights on the side of the road, regardless of color – whether blue, red or amber.
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.
SGI also reminds drivers that exceeding the limit by even 10 km/h when passing these vehicles with lights engaged will cost a driver $210, including fines and surcharges.