Comox Valley RCMP remind motorists to slow down and move over

Comox Valley

2021-10-15 11:51 PDT

On September 30, 2021 the Comox Valley RCMP Municipal Traffic Unit stopped more than 40 vehicles to remind drivers that they’re required to slow down and move over for all vehicles alongside the road that have flashing red, blue, or yellow lights.

I have had far too many close calls on traffic stops where passing vehicles make no effort to slow down or move over so that I have space to do my job safely, said Cst. Brad Landers, Comox Valley RCMP Municipal Traffic Unit. The law requiring motorists to slow down and move over has been in effect since June 2009; however, many of the drivers we stopped indicated they had no idea this law existed, he added.

In British Columbia, motorists are required to slow down and move over for all vehicles stopped alongside the road that have flashing red, blue or yellow lights. This includes maintenance workers, utility workers, police, fire, ambulance, tow trucks, Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement personnel, land surveyors, animal control workers, garbage collectors and other roadside workers.

Motorists must slow their speed to:

Drivers failing to adjust their speed or failing to move over may receive a $173 traffic violation ticket that also carries 3 penalty points.

This is not about the amount of the fine or the penalty points, said Cst. Monika Terragni, Comox Valley RCMP Media Relations Officer. This is about keeping people safe who are out there working on our roads and getting them home to their families at the end of the day.

For more information on the legislation requiring motorists to slow down and move over, visit the ICBC website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/road-safety-rules-and-consequences/slow-down-move-over.
 

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Cst. Monika Terragni

Media Relations Officer
Comox Valley RCMP
800 Ryan Rd, Courtenay, BC V9N 7T1
Office: 250-338-1321
Fax: 250-338-6781

Email: bcrcmp@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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