Driver cops fine for obstructing police car called to emergency

Published 5:00am 3 October 2022

Driver cops fine for obstructing police car called to emergency
Words by Jodie Powell

A Narangba man has been fined more than $300 for failing to move out of the path of a police car flashing lights and sounding sirens.

Moreton District Community Engagement Officer Senior-Constable Jo Arthur says the 40-year-old had his stereo turned up so high he couldn’t hear the sirens and prevented the police vehicle from passing while responding to an urgent job.

Another unit arrived at the urgent location first and advised the matter was in hand.

“The driver blocking police was unaware of the police vehicle attempting to pass as he had loud music playing,” Sen-Constable Arthur says.

“Police are reminding all motorists to stay focused and aware of your surroundings, especially when there is an emergency services vehicle approaching with their lights and sirens activated.

Right of way

“Emergency vehicles fitted with lights and sirens have the right of way when attending to emergent situations.

“The ability for an emergency vehicle to respond in a timely manner and gain a few extra seconds could be the difference in saving a person’s life.”

Sen-Constable Arthur say motorists should move carefully out of the way and stop.

“Do not continue to drive on the edge of the road, and don’t panic.

“Remember, the next emergency vehicle you see on their way to a job could be on their way to help someone you love.”

The man was issued with a traffic infringement for $335 and three demerit points.

Playing a car stereo loudly can also incur a fine of $230.

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