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Slow Down, Move Over

Slow Down, Move Over


We all know when we see the flashing red and blue lights on the side of the road, means slow down and move over, unless they're behind us and we're the ones in trouble, of course.


Tow truck operators and highway maintenance operators on the other hand are feeling unsafe on the roads, despite their amber flashing lights being included in the slow down, move over law. Paleto Bay RCMP have been staging with tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles on the side of highways lately and enforcing that law.


"Tow operators and our highway workers are just as important as emergency services on the side of the road, and incidents are only going up" says Constable Wright with the Paleto Bay Detachment.


"Our workers have had alot of close calls, and we've had one major collision involving a vehicle and a tow truck just last month." says Terry Smith, owner of Paleto Bay Towing.


RCMP are enforcing this law very strictly, and take it very seriously. Constable Wright stated to media officials that the highest reported speeding infraction they have issued involving a motorist passing a tow truck is 167 kilometres per hour.


"It's dangerous enough going the speed limit past these workers. Everyone needs to go home."


Motorists are required to slow down to at least 60 kilometres per hour, or move over to the next available lane if possible when passing stopped emergency vehicles or utility vehicles with flashing lights activated. Failure to do so will now result in fines of up to $270 and 3 demerit points, and, in some cases, even double that. However, a fine is only a minor consequence. Failure to slow down could result in a fatal collision, which would be irreversable. "Slow down and if safe to do so, move over. Give us room to work."

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