RCMP in Halifax conducted targeted enforcement checkpoints on March 25th, in relation to the ‘Move Over’ legislation under the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act.
While the legislation has been in place since May 1st, 2010, many motorists are not slowing down or moving over when they approach emergency personnel on the roadside.
This often leaves emergency personnel in dangerous situations as they respond to incidents and assist citizens on our roadways.
During the targeted enforcement checkpoints, 92 drivers were charged for violating Section 106 F (1) (6) of the Motor Vehicle Act. If convicted, a driver could face a fine of $348.95.
‘We want to remind motorist’s about how important it is to slow down and move over, if possible, when they see emergency personnel parked roadside,’ says Cpl. Scott MacRae of the Halifax RCMP. ‘Almost every officer can recount a near-hit experience on the side of the road which is why the ‘Move Over’ legislation was created.’
Not sure what to do when you see an emergency vehicle parked roadside?
On a road with two or more lanes in your direction, slow down to 60 km/h or follow the speed limit if its less and move over into a lane further away from the stopped vehicle if you can do so safely. On a road with one lane of travel for your direction, slow down to 60 km/h or follow the speed limit if it’s less and pass the emergency vehicle with caution.
The RCMP want to remind motorists that when they see red, blue, white or amber flashing lights they need to slow down and move over.