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Slow Down, Move Over

June 19, 2012

The Issue: On June 1, 2009, a new regulation took effect to enhance the safety of emergency workers by requiring drivers to slow down and move over when passing parked emergency vehicles with flashing lights. As critical as it is, however, this new regulation has had little effect. There has been inadequate enforcement of the law, and insufficient public awareness and education. Drivers still fail to slow down and move over, putting the safety of emergency workers at unnecessary risk.

The Impact: A recent study conducted by the Capital Regional District Traffic Safety Commission found that only 5% of drivers slow down and move over when passing a tow truck. The continuing failure to adequately enforce the law and educate the public places the health and safety of B.C. towers and other road-side workers at risk.

ARA Position: The ARA believes that enhanced enforcement with a more comprehensive approach to educating the public is required to ensure the safety of B.C. towers and other road-side workers. The ARA is an advocate for the Slow Down, Move Over initiative through the following:

  • Teaming with BCAA and WorkSafe BC to help promote greater awareness to industry and the general public.
  • Obtaining a seat on the WorkSafe BC Work Zone Safety Alliance Committee.
  • Advocating for stricter enforcement and penalties by amending the Motor Vehicle Act to allow for seven-day vehicle impoundment for vehicles driving 40 km over the reduced zone speed (e.g. 70 km reduced from 80 km and over zones, and 40 km reduced from under 80 km zones).

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