Issue: September 2021
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Next deadline: September 24

SLOW DOWN MOVE OVER! IT'S THE LAW!

Help keep workers safe while they're doing their jobs. This law will help protect them.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO - If you see an emergency vehicle pulled over with its lights flashing, slow down to 60 km/hr or obey the speed limit if it's lower than 60 km/hr.

If you're on a road with 2 or more lanes in your direction, you must also move into another lane farther away from the stopped vehicle if you can do so safely.

You don't need to slow down or move over if the vehicle is on the other side of the median on a divided hightway.

TYPES OF VEHICLES - This law has been updated to include public safety officers and two truck drivers as well as emergency personnel, conservation officers and motor vehicle inspectors.

You need to slow down and move over for: * ambulances * police vehicles * fire department vehicles * Department of Lands and Forestry fire vehicles * fire chiefs' or deputy fire chiefs' vehicles * motor vehicle and carrier inspectors' vehicles * public safety vehicles, like RCMP and bridge patrol officers * tow trucks that are stopped at the scene of a fire or collision or assisting a vehicle.

PENALTIES - fines are double for speeding past, or not moving over when passing a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights flashing.

Fines for not slowing down or not moving over start at over $350 for a first offence, however, a judge can impose a higher fine if it goes to court.

WHEN AN EMERGENCY VEHICLE IS MOVING - Emergency vehicles like ambulances, fire department vehicles and police vehicles using flashing lights and sirens have the right of way. When one of these emergency vehicles approaches you from ahead or behind with its siren on, move to the right edge or curb of the road and stop completely. You must remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed or until a police officer directs you to move.