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Nova Scotia RCMP thanks motorists for slowing down and moving over

Throughout April, Nova Scotia RCMP spread the word about how to comply with ‘Move Over’ legislation. As we move into summer, the RCMP wants to thank motorists for listening.

Through an enforcement and education campaign, Nova Scotia RCMP reminded motorists about the dangers emergency first responders (i.e., police, fire and EHS personnel) face while working on the road. “It is an unfortunate reality of our job,” says Nova Scotia RCMP Traffic Services’ S/Sgt. Leanne MacDonald. “If you speak to any first responder, they likely have a personal story of a near-miss from a passing vehicle while they were pulled over.”

In 2010, Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) introduced An Act to Increase Safety for First Responders and Others, often referred to as the ‘Move Over’ law. The law makes it an offence to speed in excess of 60 km/h or the posted speed limit, whichever is the lesser of the two, when passing a stopped emergency vehicle when its emergency lights are on. Motorists are also required to change lanes to the lane farthest from the stopped emergency vehicle if that lane is free and it is safe to do so.

Although the law has been in place since 2010, it seemed many motorists were not aware of it. To spread the message the RCMP regularly posted information to the RCMP Facebook and Twitter sites, and partnered with TIR to have messaging posted on digital highway signs and worked alongside Access Nova Scotia to post information on their screens. Perhaps most successful during the month long campaign was the Nova Scotia RCMP music video, ‘Cop Light Bling’ that debuted on April 20, and quickly went viral on social media with over 600,000 views.

As part of their enforcement activities, RCMP Traffic Services units across the province conducted operations that resulted in 122 warnings and 180 tickets issued to driver’s not complying with ‘Move Over’ legislation.

“Our officers have noticed a big change in drivers’ behaviour. People heard the message and they are slowing down and moving over and we thank them for that.”

Source: Media Release

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