Amended Slow Down and Move Over Law Protects More Roadside Workers

In order to make conditions safer for roadside workers, the Province of British Columbia has modified its Slow Down Move Over rule.

Since January 1 2015, the Slow Down Move Over rule requires drivers to slow down and, if on a multi-lane road, move over to another lane when passing stopped vehicles with flashing red, blue and yellow lights.

Previously, the rule applied only to vehicles with red and blue lights such as police, fire ambulance and tow trucks. However, after consultation with a number of groups in the province, the Government has extended those regulations to include all roadside workers stopped on the side of a roadway.

Now all roadside workers, including highway maintenance workers, utility workers, land surveyors, animal control workers and garbage collectors are better protected.

Drivers must slow their speed to 70km/h when in an 80km/h or over zone, and 40km/h when in an under 80km/h zone. If travelling on a multi-lane road, the driver must move into another lane to pass where safe to do so.

Failing to adjust your speed appropriately or failing to move over can result in a $173 ticket and three penalty points.

For more information, http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2013-2017/2014TRAN0092-001829.htm

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