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Posted on Aug 09, 2016 at Drivers Licence
The Move Over law was enacted across Canadian provinces in order to better protect emergency workers after they pull over on the shoulder of a road in response to a traffic collision or related emergency. Once emergency vehicles are stationary and the workers are outside their vehicles (this includes police, fire fighters, EMTs, paramedics, and tow truck drivers in Alberta), they are dangerously exposed to the traffic still driving by the scene.
Sadly, many emergency workers in these situations have been injured or killed after being struck by passing vehicles. You can be fined upwards of $400 for breaking this law, but the true cost is to the emergency workers themselves.
What to Do
If you encounter emergency vehicles pulled over on the side of the road in the direction you’re traveling, you have two options:
What Not To Do
There are some things (other than driving too fast) that you shouldn’t do if you encounter a stationary emergency vehicle, as they increase the danger for yourself and the surrounding traffic.
The next time you encounter stationary emergency vehicles, don’t panic, slow down, and help prevent those emergency workers who save others’ lives from having to fear for their own!